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The Path of Least Resistance

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I’m not sure what it is about our backyard but it is a SWAMP this time of the year. I’m not kidding–sections of the yard are so muddy that we’re still  sloshing through them days after the rain has stopped.

We’ve been trying to clean up some of the outside the past couple of days and there is ONE path that you can take from the garage to the backyard that doesn’t leave you covered in mud. The path of least resistance.

This is the ideal path to haul wood and brush from the front yard to the back. It’s relatively flat, there’s not any mud holes or divots to trip in. And it’s the quickest, cleanest way to get from point A to point B.

But here’s the thing. The path of least resistance may be ideal for hauling things from the garage to the shed but that isn’t always the case in life, is it?

John 14:6 tells us that “[Jesus] is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [Him].

Just as there are many paths to take from the garage to the shed, society tells us that there are many ways to get to Heaven. But that’s just not the case when we look at the Bible. Following the Word of God and doing as He commands is the ONLY way to get to Heaven. Each of the paths that society tells us are ways to get to Heaven will eventually leave us in the same place as where we started. Stuck in the mud of our own sin.

But, you know what? There’s hope. Matthew 7:13-14 tells us of the narrow and wide gates.

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

This narrow gate that leads to life is not easy, it will push you to go beyond your limits. You will find as you continue on your journey that you’ve always got more to do–ways to get better and be more like Jesus. There will be days that you feel like you’re stuck facing the same problem again and again. But keep on knowing that the path that God has you on is for your good (Romans 8:28). He will not abandon you when times get hard. He’s right there continually working on our behalf. Reach out to Him and talk to Him. Know that He has been where you are and He understands (Hebrews 4:15).

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

P.S. If you want to see another take on the narrow and wide gates–one that will never forget and will have you cracking a smile every time it’s mentioned from the pulpit check out the movie “Facing the Giants” — It’s one of our family’s favorites!! 🙂

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