The Principle of the Path

A principle is like a law that is operating all the time, such as the law of gravity, even if you don’t believe in it. The principle presented in “The Principle of the Path” by Andy Stanley is the actual path itself. Stanley believes that in order for us to truly arrive at the destination we intend it requires two things in our lives: time and change in direction.  Even if we intend to end up somewhere, we will never reach that destination with out honing in on key principles on our path. Stanley’s key not on the principle of the path is that direction, not intention, determines destination. A lot of people in life do not end up where they wanted to be and they wonder why. It’s because no matter where they intended to be, they took a path that brought them somewhere else.  It does not matter what your intentions are because you can’t arrive at a destination if you do not take the right path to get there.

“Direction-not intentions, hopes, dreams, prayers, beliefs, intellect, or educations-determines destination.”

I enjoyed reading and learning about “The Principle of the Path.” Although, I do not particularly enjoy reading any book, I found this to be more intriguing than other novels I have read because I felt like I was constantly being informed or taught about something new I hadn’t yet thought of. He argues that the path always wins. No matter how much to intend or pray for something to happen, the path you take is where you will end up. Also, Stanley’s writing was sometimes funny and even made me chuckle when he talks about “The Italian Job.” Stanley also does a good job of integrating God into his principle of the path.  Even though, I am not a big reader, Stanley captured my interests with his book “the Principle of the path.” img_3196

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“Prudent people look as far down the road as possible when making decisions.”


10 Random Facts about Me

1.  My name is Jacob and I am a college student. I attend a Community College in hopes to transfer to the University of Florida to get my degree in business, which is where my Dad graduated from.

2. I would consider myself more of an introvert than extrovert, because I usually chose to not speak out. I don’t feel nervous or uncomfortable when speaking in front of people, I, a lot of the time, just don’t feel the need to say anything.

3. I have around 5 years of professional Netflix watching under my belt. I have watched just about every good show on Netflix and I’m always interested in diving into a new one. Also, another favorite of mine on Netflix are documentaries. Some of my favorite TV shows would be Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, The Office, Psyche; I could continue on for about 3 pages but it think those are my top 4. I’m sure if you asked me on a different day I would give different answers!

4. I live with 3 roommates that just so happen to be my best friends. Two of them are high school friends that I have grown extremely close to over that last few years. My other roommate is a childhood friend that has been my neighbor for more than 10 years! I am truly thankfully for my friends.

5. Sports are and have been for a while a HUGE part of my life. In high school, I played basketball all four years, Lacrosse my junior and senior year, and Baseball freshman and sophomore year. Currently I am just an avid fan that plays pick up basketball with friends on the weekends. My favorite teams are the Gators, the Heat, the Dolphins, the Flyers, and the Phillies. (Yes, I have a favorite team for every sport and keep track of all of them) With that being said my all time favorite athlete is and will always be LeBron James.

LeBron holding 2013 Larry O’Brien and Finals MVP trophy’s

6. One of My roommates and I hobbies are video games. I know it is cliche and it seems like every high school and college guy plays video games, but we take it a little more serious than most. I truly believe the only way to understand the magnitude of this would be to see the inside of my apartment. Sadly the best I can do is a picture, but I don’t think it does it justice!

My roommates and I computers

7. My roommate and I try (key word TRY) to make it to the gym 5 times a week. I would like to consider myself somewhat knowledgeable about lifting weights but by no means do I claim to be an expert or to have serious muscles. It’s simply just a hobby!

8. When out in public or driving around the one thing that never fails to make me turn my head, tap my friend and say “Bro! look at that!” are cars!  I can’t get enough of them. Again I don’t claim to be an expert, I just enjoy the way they look. This fascination most likely stems down from my dad and uncle who both enjoy and collect exotic cars. I was lucky enough to drive my uncles Maserati last year which was exhilarating!

9. My views are heavily conservative. I believe in the free market system, lower taxes, a smaller government with limited power, and I disagree with abortion and the separation of church and state, which leads me to my last and maybe most important fact!

10. I am a child of God. My parents are both devout Christians and they instilled in me the same desire to serve Him. I have a great relationship with my parents and I attribute a lot of that to God. I am always willing to answer questions about my faith!