Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
I love that wonderful phrase by Robert Frost, "...Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." The road less traveled is often the more difficult road. It is the road that requires faith, because it is too challenging to walk alone. It is a road that requires us to face our fears. But it is vastly more interesting and meaningful.
It would be so easy to take the road more traveled. You focus your life on entertainment, fun, and making the money necessary to check off your self-absorbed bucket list. But, in the end, would it feel less than gratifying?
The road less traveled is following the way of Jesus. The road less traveled is living the passage, “the last will be first and the first will be last.” It means living the passage, “love thy neighbor as thyself.” The narrow road is a focus beyond self. It is a road filled with empathy and compassion. It is a road filled with paradoxes. The more one gives, the more one receives. The way to find oneself is to give oneself to others. To be truly rich, is to give away a portion of what you have for the betterment of others. These paradoxes are the way to true wisdom, found only on the narrow road.
Today, pray for God to lead you down the road less traveled by. Fun is fleeting, entertainment is illusory. A rich, whole life is one where you bring hope, care, and love to others. Ask God to help you discern which road is the faithful road less traveled by. Finding the proper road is the difference between a shallow existence and the pathway to hope, joy, and love. The pathway to life eternal.