Where are you going? What is your destination if you stay on the road you are now traveling on?
Are you going to look back on life and regret bad decisions that set you on a destructive course? Will you wish you had taken a chance or a risk instead of being frozen by fear? Have you, day after day, continued on the broad road of least effort or resistance, giving little thought to where the road would end? Does this sound familiar? Is this what Jesus had in mind with his caution in Matthew 7:13-14?
“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 the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Is Jesus saying something you need to hear? Where are you going? Which road are you traveling on?
Where are you going? It’s your choice. One of the most basic and yet overlooked facts of life is that our choices have consequences. Life is short. Some of our choices are eternally consequential. Here is the link to one of my blogs to re-enforce this inescapable reality. Take a look. https://www.cosdavis.com/3-reasons-why-your-choices-matter/
Life is directional. Each of us is going somewhere, to heaven or hell. We get to deliberately choose our direction or take the default mode and allow our life to be directed by forces and habits that will ultimately destroy us. If you don’t believe what I’m saying, re-read the statement of Jesus written in red above.
Your parents or other influential people may have given you bad maps to follow but you have a choice of whether or not to continue using the same faulty map. You can allow yourself to be victimized by the circumstance of your life or you can look for a new way of doing things.
Whether you are dealing with a dysfunctional marriage, money problems, disobedient children, being overweight, or a spiritual life-direction issue, there are some basic questions you need to ask.
Here are some of those questions. Is what I’m now doing working for me? If I keep doing what I’m doing, will I get a different result? What is my life going to be like five, ten, or fifteen years from now if I keep going the way I’m going?
God has made us with built-in emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and physical mechanisms to get our attention when something goes wrong. A sudden ache in our back, a pang of conscience, depression, or confusion may signal that we need to pay attention to what is happening.
We may try to treat the symptom with medicine or drugs, alcohol, work, exercise, or activity while ignoring the real issue, the underlying cause of our problem. The pain continues but we put up with it until we are crippled beyond repair or the relationship cannot be salvaged. Pain isn’t eliminated until the ultimate source of the pain is addressed.
Pain has a purpose. It alerts us to something that needs attention. Until you face your pain and realize it is trying to get your attention about something deeper, you will never appreciate what the pain is trying to do for you. The following is one of the best things I have ever read on the subject. It may be frustrating working through all the annoying ads in this article but it will be more than worth your effort. https://guardian.ng/saturday-magazine/until-you-see-the-purpose-in-your-pain-it-will-remain-painful/
Where are you going? There may be warning signs along the way telling you the bridge is out or there is a dead end ahead. Pay attention and turn around while you can. Where will you be if you continue the path you are on?
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