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The Path Principle - New Year's (1 of 3)
Series: The Path Principle
OPEN: On New Year's Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played UCLA in the Rose Bowl. In that game a young man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for UCLA. Picking up the loose ball, and he ran 65 yards toward goal line. Unfortunately... he had gotten confused... it was the wrong goal line.
One of his teammates - Benny Lom - ran him down and tackled him just before he scored for the opposing team. Several plays later the UCLA had to punt. Georgia Tech blocked the kick and scored a safety further demoralizing the UCLA team.
APPLY: From that day on, Roy Riegels was branded "Wrong way" Riegels
There are many people live their lives that way.
They go the wrong way, because they've lost sight of - or never had - a goal.
Andy Stanley once noted: "Many people are what you might call directionally challenged."
They don't know where they're going
They haven't a goal
They just wander thru life expecting that everything will turn out all right.
And that's kind of the picture we get here in Proverbs.
Solomon is sitting on his porch watching a young man wandering down the street
Verses 7 and 8 say: "I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment. He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house."
The picture we see is of a boy that is "walking along".
The boy doesn't seem to care about where he's going. He has no specific direction, he's just wandering along the road at twilight (it's getting dark)
He seems to be just killing time
He's out taking in the sights of the city because he's got nothing better to do.
But he's apparently in the wrong part of town, at the wrong time of day, and he meets up with the wrong kind of woman.
She comes out to meet him
She's a good looking woman, and she's interested in him.
She makes him feel good about himself.
And since this young man has ...
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