If you’re stuck in the wilderness and everything around you is thick with trees, true north is what gets you out. When you’re navigating the confusion of society, your spiritual and relational true north will guide you.
Jesus gave us His true north when he said that the two greatest things we can do are love God and love our neighbor (Matt. 22:37-40). He equated the two. Which means that when the world is spinning out of control, the way through is to cling to objective values that never change – like truth, love, and humble sacrifice. Then seek what’s best for the people around you.
That’s a good approach to life all the time, but it’s especially beneficial when the path forward is unclear. Loving your neighbor means using your strength to protect the weak, and your time, talent, and resources in a way that fills society with opportunity, value, and purpose.
And who is your neighbor? Jesus was asked that question, too. He essentially said they’re all around you. Your coworkers, your family, your friends. Even your enemies. Everyone is struggling with something. And you can do something to help. No matter how much or how little you have, you have something good to offer your family, your friends, and your community.
When life feels chaotic and unpredictable, you’ll find peace in objective values that never change. Connect more deeply to your faith and give deeply of yourself. Love God and love your neighbor.
That’s true north.