Scripture: Matthew 7:
13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Observation: The right road is not usually the easy road.
Application: Life is about choices. We all chose every day what path we should take. The choices we make now, yes even the choices you are making right now, have consequences that carry on into the rest of our lives. Theoretical Quantum Physicist are even speculating now that as we make life choices we are traveling down different strands of time, each choice leading us into a more specific future.
Jesus tells us here in these verses that the choices to go down the easy road are usually not the right choices. We may choose the smooth path now, but that will cause us pain later on. Even though doing the right thing is harder, the outcome is usually better for us in the long run.
Robert Frost said "I took the road less travelled by, and that has made all the difference." Carlos Casteneda writes of the Shaman Don Juan who teaches him to take "The Path With Heart." In their most Awesome Song Ever, Led Zeppelin sings "Yes,there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on."
As we go through our days, we need to be aware of the choices we are making and of the paths that we are taking, we need to ask ourselves if we are simply taking the easy path, or if we are taking the right path, the "Path With Heart".
Prayer: God of the hard paths,
Help me to choose the right path to take today, and every day. Let me not travel down a way simply because it is easy. Keep me focused on the goal ahead and keep me strong enough to be willing to travel the path that leads me there.