The road not taken

I want to introduce my thoughts after hearing a message from the pastor of our church today. The message was about the choices we make. He referred to the famous poem “the road not taken” by Robert Frost. The poem starts and ends as below;

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both……

I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

This poem is often quoted to encourage people to take the road less traveled. Especially in occasions such as graduation ceremonies. But also the poem can be taken as to lament that the road that was not taken may have been the better choice. The writer has left it unclear. The poem can be understood in different ways.

The Bible encourages us to take the narrow road. it says “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.” From the context, we know that Jesus is not talking about following your ambition by taking risks but rather talking about following God’s will and not to conform to the world.

The choices are everyday occurrences. Are we following God’s will in the small choices or are we following our ambition? Are we choosing what is right and not what is comfortable? Are we choosing love and not fear or apathy?

I hope I can say at the end of each day that I have chosen the wiser path. And according to Jesus the wiser path is the narrower path. I believe my everyday choices will lead to the path that God has prepared for my life.

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