“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14)
The narrow way is really the better way. That “strait” gate that leads us safely home to goodness, harmony, heaven, requires the key of our devotion to enter and obedience to God’s wise directions in order to find the road within and follow it. Focus and precision, some inspired listening and disciplined acting, will be necessary on this true path of Life.
The “broad” way is the material way. It is running with the pack and essentially running amok. It may seem the easier way because we only have to follow what everyone else is doing, but that, too, is the reason it fails to please us. Your life is not meant to be just like everyone else’s. It is meant to be yours uniquely—expressing the full radiance of God’s qualities in you and serving a holy purpose that offers the most to the world and to yourself.
Be a standout from the pack and fearlessly choose to try that other door, the one that beckons you deep in your heart not merely through your senses. Don’t limit your life by taking the easy way. Your choices don’t need to follow some proscribed path for human success and happiness (as if there really was one!). Such an uninspired life will only lead to destruction, to a feeling of dissatisfaction and discomfort and endless yearning.
The narrow way means one where there are pauses to listen and to follow; to watch others settle for whatever seems most popular and easy, while we choose a different direction, off the beaten path but on the real highway to freedom—God’s way. And remember that while this gate and the path of this Life may seem narrow, in Truth this only means we are being led in a more direct way to the very place where we belong, where our true happiness waits for our grateful, expected arrival.
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