We don’t journey alone, but it may seem we wander by ourselves. Many people will accompany us at different stages of our life–a younger sibling, a spouse, a child, or a stranger. Our influence spreads like waves in an ocean.
Some trails and trials may lead uphill, around sharp bends, and straight through a dismal swamp. And swamps pull people down. That’s why we must set a straight, level path toward God.
What we do with our lives might be mirrored by others coming in contact with us. We may never realize it–but there are family members and strangers watching us and our reactions to life’s trials.
Walk a crooked path and there might be loved ones who copy each step. Isn’t that frightening to think about? How much better to influence them to live a decent life.
God’s word promises us that there will be consequences related to where our desires take us and who tags along, copying and looking up to us. That means friends and family members might slip and fall if we have chosen a deceitful life. We need to be ready to reach down and lift up the weary, not add to their grief. Perhaps we’ll have to act fast in order to guide friends and family over obstacles blocking their paths. Life doesn’t slow down.
Who led you when you were young and unsure of where life’s path would take you? How did your steps grow solid and sure?
What obstacles appear in your life, make you stumble and vear off course? Perhaps you crashed?
“Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong.” Hebrews 12:13 NLT
This road on the left is clear and uncluttered, with only a gentle slope and slight curve. It’s easy to stay on the path. But a straight path for our feet might resemble the next picture. It’s reliable, taking us to our destination with the least detours. Anyone following us will have no doubt about the direction our feet have travel.
Confidence in the path will help eliminate falls and injuries. Confidence in God’s guidance does the same and brings everlasting life and peace.
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© Karen Campbell Prough 2013