It seems these past weeks have included much ‘testing’ in the lives of my husband and myself. We have experienced many frustrations, disappointments, and anxious situations. Through each one, we have had choices to make; and they have not been easy.
But, the easy road seldom marks the best road, does it?
The easy road gives in to temptation. It is quick and smooth and never gives another thought to what is around the corner. It is happening now.
The right road, the one with all the obstructions and pot holes, instructs me to travel slowly; watch where I am going, and consider the consequences of my actions. It may take awhile before the journey down this road is completed.
But once the journey has been completed, the right road travelled leaves me feeling relieved, focused, and rational.
The easy road more often leaves me sensing failure, anxiety, and shame. Failure for the poor way a situation was handled, anxiety for the unfortunate words chosen in the heat of it all, and shame knowing what is done can never be undone.
I have choices to make, each day, and in each situation.
The choices I make will be based on my relationship with the Lord. This I am promised.
The one who travels the right road has done his homework, and has prepared for all the speed bumps and pot holes; all the obstacles that can get in the way of a successful journey.
The one who travels the right road is committed to a daily and ongoing relationship with his Lord and Savior; for it is He who enables me to be on the right road. Without Him, I am hopeless to make the right choice and for the right reason.
Without Him, I can do nothing.
Without love, I am nothing.
John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (NIV)
1Corinthians 13: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (NIV)