We are all put in places in our life that bring us to a crossroad. So how do we know which way to go? The path least travelled on will have the richest blessings. The hardest part is, when you’re at the crossroad, how do you know to go left or right. If you can’t visually see what path is least travelled on, what do you do? You can just stand there and be afraid to take any path and allow your fear to prevent you moving forward at all. You will see others pass you by while your fear controls you and prevents any movement. We can look at the crossroad and without any thought, just take the crossroad that goes to the left and hope for the best. We do this at times, just to find out that down the road, out of sight, there’s a bridge out. Now we have to find a way around the bridge. So what do we do? Because we just went to the left without any thought we made it much harder on ourselves. We do this in life all the time, we make things harder on ourselves than they need to be.
We at times, don’t look before we leap; we jump and hope for the best. Now, what if we stopped at that crossroad and asked for directions? It would be better to wait at the crossroad until you receive direction on what path to take than just run in a direction that we have no clue of what is around the corner. Your Crossroad could be a job offer, a marriage proposal, and a current relationship that is harmful to your soul. Any life changing choice we need to seek direction. People have walked the path before you so why not look to them and obtain their wisdom and knowledge. We need to take all that advice and fall back to the Word of God for that soft spoken voice in our hearts that says, take the path on the right. This is the one I have already made for you. This path will still have some obstacles on the path along the way, but each one is there to teach us if we are willing to be taught.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
I need this more in my life. I want to make my own path; I want to follow what I know and what I’m comfortable with. With full confidence, if we do this we can let go and truly be free. Knowing that He wants what is best for us, He loves us, He knows of every hair counted on our head (some are easier to count than others). We need to keep reminding ourselves, STOP, slowdown, the race that we are running; we don’t know where the finish line is. It is not determined by us.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
“Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe.” ― Muhammad Ali
The pebble in our shoe can cause enough discomfort in our life that we will never make it up that mountain, never even start walking down that path. In life we need to look at it as a long distance race and this race is not about being 1st this race is about how well you ran it. Do you want to run your race with a pebble in your shoe? What is that pebble? Is it fear, is it a current job, is your friends, is it any relationship you are currently in that is trying to do things that is not right that will make you veer from your proper path.
Stop everything you are doing and remove that pebble. The longer you run with the pebble, the deeper it is embedded in your foot, and it will be that much more painful to remove. You need to remove it as soon as you know it’s causing pain. It will hurt when removing it and it will be painful for some time, and depending on how long you left it in, it may hurt the rest of your life.
Be brave and remove it and get back on your path. If you get another pebble in your shoe, you now know you must immediately remove it, so it’s painless and you can get back to the path you’re called to be on.
Be strong, listen to directions so we know the path we are to be on and remove all the pebbles that come into your life.
“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor Left; leave evil in the dust.”
K. Chambers 6-30-13
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