Choosing the Right Path

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Psalm 119:105 (NLT)
105Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)
13“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

Reflect

  Imagine you’re taking a hike and there is a fork in the road. On one side is a long, very narrow pathway. It’s rocky, muddy, and overgrown with tree roots and vegetation. It leads exactly where you want to go. On the other side you have a shorter, wider path. It’s clear of debris and has an even surface. It’s practically a road. You think it probably also leads to where you want to go.

  Since you’re tired and don’t want to do a lot of work, you choose the shorter, wider, easier path. But when you get to the end you find that you’re nowhere near where you want to be.

  Jesus warned us that walking with him can be a difficult journey. And since we don’t want people to shun us or make fun of our faith, we often look for an easier path. We end up wallowing in sin instead of walking with Jesus.

Respond

  Always ask God to guide your choices. Ask God to come into your life. If you’ve already done this, ask Him to come closer. And have the faith to choose the more difficult path. The journey and the destination is worth it!

The author is a middle school student from Jacksonville, Florida.

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