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Life’s Little Roadmap is a Christian devotional for young adults and teens 14-21. The inspirational book’s purpose is to guide young adults into making godly decisions in life, just as road signs guide travelers safely on a highway. Life’s Little Roadmap “Life’s Lessons” feature a relevant road-sign graphic, such as “STOP”, to set the topic of a particular devotional, followed by devotional questions, a corresponding Scripture to the topic, and a “Go!” exercise. There are a total of 20 “Life’s Lessons.”The book is hip and trendy—designed in the shape of a triangular yield sign, which will appeal to young adults and teens. The yield sign shape signifies yielding to God. The only color used in Life’s Little Roadmap is road-sign orange, a color that represents warning, but can also depict servant hood.Enjoy this book by John Odziemek and Geoff Pope.


2009 by John Odziemek and Geoff Pope. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any way by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwisewithout prior written permission of the copyright holder, except as provided by USA copyright law. Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. The NIV and New International Version trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Ofce by International Bible Society. To nd out more about the authors, please visit and

Who said it was easy? Its not. But life can be better much better than you ever imagined! Life can be excellent when you follow a godly lifestyle. Thats why Geoff and I wrote Lifes Little Roadmap. This short book is an encouraging and precautionary guide to help you get through


lifes journeykind of like a road sign on the side of the highway on your summer vacation. Road signs are strategically placed to offer directions, warnings, rules, and other information to get you safely to your destination. So buckle up, put on your driving gloves, and get ready for a most excellent journey:


Props.To my loving wife, Alison and our dog, Brinkley: two of the best road trip companions a man could ask for! And to Mr. Young, my drivers education instructor, who taught me the fear of God while I was learning how to drive.

To my dad, who taught me how to drive, and who has driven in style as long as I can remember: Mercury Cougar, Ford Thunderbird, Porsche 914, Mazda RX7, Lincolns, Cadillacs, and now a Jaguar.

Lifes Little Lesson #1

How can studying and furthering my education make my life better?

#1: Further your education!Before you proceed with any project, passion or vision, learn the proper lessons and get a valuable education. Never stop learning!

Proverbs 19:2It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor be hasty and miss the w a y.

Go!Wr i t e d o w n some ideas on how you can complete or further your education:

Lifes Little Lesson #2

How can you keep an honorable lifestyle with so much peer pressure?

#2: Obey the rules!Youre cruising along and think, If I go faster, I can get there quicker! Then all of a sudden you get pulled over and receive a ticket. All it takes is one slip up, and youre busted.

Hebrews 13:17Obey your leaders and submit to their aut h o r i t y.

Go!L i s t s o m e benets of obeying rules, and consequences of breaking them:

Lifes Little Lesson #3

What are some things that can cause you to lose your way in life? How can you get back on track?

#3: Ask for directions!When you are struggling for direction in life, dont be afraid to ask others wiser for advice. Theyve probably been down the same road before.

Proverbs 3:13Blessed is the man who nds wisdom, the man who gains understandi n g .

Go!Name a few people you can turn to when your lifes direction is offtrack:

Lifes Little Lesson #4

Ever run into a Dead End? How did you get out of the situation?

#4: Dont take shortcuts!Theres nothing worse than taking shortcuts, then expecting the end result to turn out positive. Keep the course even when its difcultand see your character grow.

Hebrews 6:12We do not want you to become lazy....

Go!L i s t some ways you can better attain excellence at work or school:

Lifes Little Lesson #5

H o w does poor planning affect opportunities for achievement?

#5: Find the best route!Lewis and Clark were great trailblazers, and without tireless planning their mission would have failed.

Psalm 33:11But the plans of the Lord stand rm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Go!Wr i t e down a major life goal and the best route to get there:

Lifes Little Lesson #6

W h a t happens when you get sidetracked on a project or goal?

#6: Keep your eye on the road!You might not arrive at your destination because of too many distractions.

Hebrews 12:1b-2a...let us run with perserverance the race marked out for us. Let us x our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our f a i t h .

Go!L i s t s o m e ways you can achieve your life goals without getting too distracted:

Lifes Little Lesson #7

Why is a good work ethic so important? How can you improve it?

#7: Life takes hard work!No matter what your job is, do it with the best of your ability, knowing later on a job well done will be rewarded.

Colossians 3:23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

Go!Get involved with associations related to your career. Name a few:

Lifes Little Lesson #8

How can negative friends and acquaintances disrupt your life?

#8: Careful who you ride with!The people you choose as friends can literally make your life better or cause you to crash and burn. Choose them wisely.

Proverbs 18:24A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Go!List a few positive attributes of good friends and acquaitances:

Lifes Little Lesson #9

How do negative movies, songs, or TV programs affect your attitude?

#9: Listen to the right music!Youve heard the saying, Garbage in. Garbage out. Music affects us in many ways, including our attitude, so make positive entertainment decisions.

Psalm 34:1I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

Go!Wr i t e down how musicians and movie stars can affect the way you feel:

Lifes Little Lesson #10

W h a t can you do today to get more exercise and stay healthy?

#10: Maintain your vehicle!Regardless of your make and model, keep yourself in good condition; youll run, look, and feel much better.

3 John 2Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you....

Go!A s k someone to help you stay on track with your tness commitments. His/her name:

Lifes Little Lesson #11

W h a t are several types of food you know you should eat, but dont?

#11: Fuel up with good food!Even if you cant gas up with the recommended ve servings a day, eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and your body will thank yousooner and later.

Genesis 1:12The land produced vegetationand trees bearing fruit. And God saw that it was good.

Go!Put the following fruits and vegetables on your grocery list:

Lifes Little Lesson #12

What irritates you on the road of life? How can you be an overcomer?

#12: Dont get distracted!On lifes road, people and things can bug, delay, and even enrage us. Nevertheless, stay focused and determined to overcome all bumps, annoyances, and obstacles.

Proverbs 17:27a man of understanding is even-tempered.

Go!J o t down some ideas on how you can stay in control in frustrating situations:

Lifes Little Lesson #13

W h a t two or three things would help you be more restful and at peace?

#13: Make a rest stop!We live in such a driven and fast-paced society. Change lanes, slow down, and take time to be refreshed.

Psalm 16:9Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest s e c u r e .

Go!T a k e break, a walk, a nap, a vacation. Make a schedule that includes rest: a

Lifes Little Lesson #14

How can you get back on track after setbacks and disappointments?

#14: Have patience!It appears at times that we will never reach our destination, especially when there are no promising signs in sight. Keep your eyes on the road ahead, and patiently keep going.

Colossians 1:11...that you may have great endurance and patience....

Go!N a m e two ways in which you can exercise patience when the goings slow:

Lifes Little Lesson #15

Is there a person or point of view that confuses you?

#15: Discern right from wrongPeople will give you wrong advice that can mess up your life permanently. Bypass them, avoid those people, and stay on the right course.

Proverbs 4:27Do not swerve to the right or left; keep your foot from evil.

Go!L i s t ways you can remain discerning, ready to dismiss destructive routes:

Lifes Little Lesson #16

What are two major tragedies that you have experienced in life?

#16: Accidents happen!Accidents occasionally happen. Certainly, the journey may take longer, but remember that it is not over, and all things can work together for good.

James 1:4Perseverance must nish its work so that you may be mature and complete....

Go!Despite mishaps and mistakes, write down ways you can recover and move on:

Lifes Little Lesson #17

W h a t do you know in your heart of hearts is your biggest dream?

#17: Go for your dreams!Theres nothing worse than journeying 99% of the way, then giving up right before your goal is reached. Never, ever give up!

Philippians 3:14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me....

Go!N a m e some spiritual gifts God has given you to serve in His Kingdom:

Lifes Little Lesson #18

W h a t keys help ignite love and power in your life?

#18: Youll need keys!Like needing a key to start your vehicle on any given day, you will need keys that lead to daily godliness and lifelong victory!

Matthew 16:19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven....

Go!Find and use spiritual and practical keys that lead to abunda