Narrow Road

I’ve been thinking.  I don’t want to live the easy road if it’s the wrong way.  I think of the book, “Pilgrim’s Progress”, and how the man named, Christian had to make decisions along his way, trying to find his way to relieve the burden he was carrying on his back.  Such an appropriate analogy of the spiritual life we Christians live.  I have such a strong deep desire to do God’s will for my life, to do it right, to not mistake my plans or be so focused on my plans, that I think they are God’s plans and desires for my life when maybe they are not, to live without regrets.

In wanting to do God’s will, I know it won’t necessarily be easy.

I think of Mathew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.”

The character, Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress faces a place where there are dangerous beasts on either side of a path that he needs to walk on, and the path is extremely narrow.  And he realizes that although the beasts on either side would certainly kill him if given the chance, they were on chains, and that if he stayed on the straight and narrow path, they could not reach him, and he would be safe.

I asked God today, what is that narrow road for me? And He said, keeping your mind clean.  That is the hard and narrow road.  That is the hard place to start.  Clean thinking.  About yourself, about God, about others.  Many people these days are thinking about clean eating.  And this is good.  But I think we all crave to feel better even deeper inside.  Clean thinking about ourselves and others and God.  Or in other words, Truth-thinking.  Thinking about Truth.  Pondering truth.  Telling Truth to ourselves.  The Truth about ourselves, and the Truth about others, and the Truth about God.  Then I believe we will be able to think clearly.  Then we can walk the path safely and THEN we can walk freely to our destinies, uninhibited by lies and obstacles.  So although I don’t know what my destiny is, what the rest of my life will look like, where I will go, what I will do, what I should do, or even want to do, I at least know that this is the place to start.

John 8:31-32 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

So that’s where I will start today.  I’ll focus on cleaning my mind with the water of the word.  Exchanging lies about myself, about others and about God for Truth that’s in the Word.  I’ll watch it clean me, renew my mind, body, soul and spirit, and affect how I see everything, and how I do everything.  I think often, God hasn’t shown me exactly what I’ll be doing in the future, but has opened a door and given me the desire to walk through that door one door at a time.  So we’ll see where the next door opens!

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