“The Road Less Traveled” by Robert Frost has resonated with me since junior high. I have often taken the road less traveled in my life both figuratively and literally.
Today my hiking buddy Lisa and I literally took the road less traveled on the Hike for the Homeless opting for the mile-longer walk even though she has a bad knee and I am having some issues with my hip. We both left feeling a bit worn out but exhilarated. The road less traveled will do that to you.
Acceptance by the crowd is rarely as important as we think it is, and choosing your own path takes courage and endurance, but it is usually well worth it, whether it is going an extra mile out of your way on a hike, or going a different direction than the crowd around you. As Christians we are called to take that less traveled road to find the narrow gate.
Jesus was himself unorthodox and not swayed by the crowd or other leaders. He said of the religious leaders of His day, “Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14 ESV)
Jesus tells us not to follow the crowd on the wider road even if teachers, pastors or other leaders are pointing that way as the right direction.
When making decisions, doing what everyone else is doing is often not the best choice. Doing what is popular will bind you to the opinions of others. Being orthodox will bind you to arbitrary standards.
Listen to the counsel of the wise, search the scriptures, chose your path carefully and don’t let the opinion of others chose your direction for you. Often we are called to take the path less traveled, and that will make all the difference.
Matthew 7:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Note: His biographers disagree on his religious views but Robert Frost referred to himself “an Old Testament Christian.”
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