2015-12-23 - Paths Traveled
As we approach the time of celebrating the birth of the Lord and Savior, we might also think about the paths we or others we know have traveled in the course of time up until this moment. With the exception of say Paul, previously Saul as in Acts Chapter 9 (NIV) who was put on a specific path after having been a persecutor of believers, we can choose the path we travel, and I often wonder about the choices I and others make. Our choices do affect others, even when we aren’t aware of those consequences. I think of two men I have known all of my life, and how their choices up to a certain point were quite similar and then they went different directions, neither of which is really wrong. However, the results are dramatically different. The four key components in common were marriage (faith encompassed within it), family, work and friendship. When their paths then diverged, due to work locations changing, then their commonalities slowly began to change as well.
It makes me wonder why. And the results, to me, are about where they believe their true source of power lies. It seems they both began on the path that was more outside of themselves which is more about eternal things or those beyond our own control. Now one is still in the eternal mode, and the other more on a temporal (living mainly in the present world) place. The eternal path is one of peace by way of trusting in things beyond our control. The temporal is fleeting, and we can never really be at peace. We can have momentary satisfaction, but its nature is fleeting, and then we’re faced with finding another way of achieving it again. Trusting God with the outcome is a much better idea. I’m grateful for a path that isn’t always easy, but is filled with the hope of His eternal peace. It all started with a babe in a manger.
“Show me your ways, Lord,
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted