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|Deer Path or Expressway? (standard:other, 452 words)|
|Author: Marsha||Added: Apr 08 2002||Views/Reads: 1966/1||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Which Road are you traveling on?|
DEER TRAIL OR EXPRESSWAY? Which Road Are You Traveling? by Marsha Jordan I'm eager for Spring's warm weather to melt the snow and ice so I can begin walking every day. There's nothing like a brisk walk to lift the spirits and get the blood flowing. My husband and I have tried walking together, but our walking styles are too different. He likes tramping through the woods at a near trot. I'm always lagging behind, running to keep up. I dislike dodging tree branches and blackberry thorns. On those walks, I'm too busy tripping over brush, twisting ankles, avoiding spider webs, and watching for snakes to enjoy the "quality time" with my husband. I prefer a leisurely stroll hand in hand down a paved road or sidewalk. Nature hikes through the woods on deer trails may be scenic, but they are more work than relaxation for me. Just as I prefer the easy road on my daily walks, many folks choose the easy road on their journey through life. But the easy road doesn't always lead to the right place. Jesus said "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14) Are you traveling with those "few" on the narrow road to heaven or sailing smoothly down the expressway in the wrong direction? To those plodding along on the "deer trail," folks on the four-lane going nowhere appear to enjoy their trip more. It's quick, easy, and seemingly without pitfalls and potholes. That crowded highway seems easy and more carefree than the nature trail; but looks can be deceiving. People on the broad, easy road aren't knocked down by the "tree branches" of life and they aren't on constant vigil watching for the "spiders and snakes" of temptation that catch one unaware, but they are in grave danger of reaching the wrong destination. Though the narrow path leading to life can seem difficult, the heavenly destination is definitely worth the effort. If heaven is our goal, we must find and stay on that narrow path. To do this requires acceptance of God's Word and obeying the commands of Jesus. Some of us are making great time in the fast lane; but what good is that if we are breezing along on the wrong road, oblivious to the fact that we are headed for hell? In the Scriptures, God spelled out what He expects of us. Our road map is there. Are you following it where He wants to take you? ######## Author, Marsha Jordan grew Tweet
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