By: Amy Pucillo
I have always loved the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken.”
My favorite verse is at the end:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference.
It brings to mind Matthew 7:13-14, which heeds this warning, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” What path do you find your feet on? If it is the wrong path, how can you get off? If it is the right path, how can you stay on it? Let’s look to the book of Psalms to help us answer these questions.
Psalm 16:11 says, “You have made known to me the path of life…” In order to find the path of life, we need to know our Savior and have a personal relationship with Him through His Word. Psalm 27:11 states, “Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path…” If we are a student of God’s Word and open to learning His ways, this verse says that He will lead us in a straight path – so we don’t have to worry about getting lost! Psalm 119:32 declares, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” Staying on the right path allows you freedom from consequences and provides protection from straying. Finally, Psalm 119:105 sums it all up like this, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” What a comforting feeling to know that God’s Word is like a giant flashlight shining brightly on the way we should go.
With so many choices to make each day, we need to make sure we go to God’s Word and understand the path He wants us to take.
In most cases, this means that you will not be doing, saying and watching the same things as the majority of your peers. Choosing the “narrow gate” leads to life and only a few find it. Unfortunately, wide is the gate that leads to destruction. The world entices us to do, say and watch things that take us down the wrong road. Remember, do what is right even if you are the only one doing it! God, El Roi (one of His names in Hebrew), is the God who sees. He knows your heart and hears your cries. Make yourself familiar with His Word and walk in His ways. You will be blessed as you obey and protected from harmful consequences.
If you have already gone down the wrong path, it is never too late to make a U-turn and get back on track! True repentance is when we seek forgiveness for wrongs we have done and then change by turning away from our sins. God stands ready to forgive and offers you guidance in His Word. God loves you and deeply desires to restore your heart and renew an unwavering spirit within you. From soul to sole, God makes you whole!
Dear Heavenly Father,
As I step out in faith today, I pray that You will guide and direct the course of my life. Help me stay on the right road as I run in the path of Your commands. Instruct my heart as I learn Your ways. Thank You for Your Word, which is a light for my pathway, as I walk in Your ways. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Turn from any destructive behaviors, habits or attitudes that hinder your walk with the Lord. Ask forgiveness and repent.
Turn to God’s Word for directions to the road map of life. Begin your journey in God’s Word today by reading and following it.
Trust God with your heart, soul and mind. Trust Him to lead you from the soles of your feet to the soul of your heart.
More about Amy
Amy Puccillo, author of Purity Protection Plan, teaches teen girls about God’s plan for their purity using Biblical principles and real life experience. As the founder and creative director of Pure Style Ministries, Amy equips teen girls in practical ways to stay pure spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically by using the Word of God. Married for 10 years to Brian and the mom of three beautiful children, Amy has a passion for mentoring and encouraging today’s teen girl in choosing a lifestyle of modesty and purity.
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