August 16, 2009 Tony Morgan

The Principle of the Path

pathI finished Andy Stanley’s most recent book, The Principle of the Path, last week. Andy is one of those guys that seems to have figured out how to get from here to there, so I figured I’d read his book about how to get from where I am to where I want to be.

Here are some of the highlights from my reading:

  • “To get from where we don’t want to be to where we do want to be requires two things: time and a change of direction.”
  • “Direction–not intentions, hopes, dreams, prayers, beliefs, intellect, or education–determines destination.”
  • “We should break the habit of drawing a circle around individual decisions and events and dismissing them as isolated occurrences. These are steps. Steps that lead somewhere.”
  • “Prudent people look as far down the road as possible when making decisions.”
  • “Christians start talking about forgiveness as if somehow forgiveness serves as an escape hatch from the outcome of bad decisions.”
  • “When happiness points in one direction while wisdom, truth, integrity, and common sense point in another, that’s when really smart people start doing really stupid things.”
  • “Your heart can’t be trusted… The truth is, if you let it, your heart will direct you down a path that leads to the very spot you most want to avoid.”
  • “The choices are now. The outcomes are later. The decisions you make today have ramifications down the road.”
  • “One never accomplishes the will of God by breaking the law of God, violating the principles of God, or ignoring the wisdom of God.”
  • “I am constantly amazed at how resistant folks are to take their cues from people who are where they want to be.”
  • “We don’t drift in good directions. We discipline and prioritize ourselves there.”

Simple principles in this book, but their implications have an enormous impact on the outcomes of our lives.

I encourage you to pick up the book. I’m leaving lots of great quotes and stories out of this post. Among other things, I cracked up when I read Andy’s version of “The Italian Job”…and it made me want to visit Italy that much more.

Here’s my Amazon link if you’d like to order the book online.

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Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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