Malcom Knowles pioneered the concept of adult learning principles. One of the first things he mentions is that adults are autonomous and self-directed. That essentially means that we need to be free to direct ourselves. Hmmm.... That sounds like an absolute recipe for disaster when it comes to the Christian walk of Faith as it relates to Sin. Given the chance to choose our own way, we tend to lean towards our sin-nature and we usually fall hard! Given the chance to be led by the Lord, and we tend to lean towards righteousness.
Rather than be self-directed I cling to the following Psalm to help "direct" me:
SHOW me your ways, o Lord
TEACH me your paths;
GUIDE me in your truth
and TEACH me,
For you are God my Savior,
and my Hope is in you all day long.
These words were also penned into a song by one of my wife's favorite bands - Third Day. "My hope is in you. Show me your ways. Guide me in your Truth."
As adults we do tend to want to lead ourselves, direct our own paths, and choose our own ways. I contend that there is a better option that will lead you to greater success. That is - to BE LED. Like a blind man being directed by a K-9, be willing to be shown the right way way to navigate life's course. The man who cannot see, is fully dependant on his dog to help him around. That dog IS his eyes. Without him, he is essentially crippled. With him - he is enabled. They are a team, and it works because he trusts his dog, and his Dog leads him on a straight path. Imagine if one day, the dog decided to trust his owner when it came to crossing a busy intersection. Could you imagine what would happen? This sounds a lot like our relationship with Christ. It works when we TRUST him, and it works because HE Leads us on a straight path! Imagine if one day, God decided to trust us! Now, that is worse than crossing a busy intersection without sight!!