Two Roads, One Way

In life, there are two roads to travel but we can only take one, as we cannot travel both. A choice must be made and that choice is made everyday. My family and I are originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin. We have been living in the mid-South for almost 25 years. We left Green Bay on Dec. 26, 1992, and the temperature was 20-30 degrees below zero. When we arrived in West Memphis it was a sunny and very warm 64 degrees! We had arrived in God’s country! Then we were introduced to the mosquitoes — agents from the devil I believe they are — natures true and best phlebotomists! Traveling from Earle (where I live now) back to Wisconsin requires a decision as to which highway to travel. There are many possible routes but only two logical ways. Interstate 55 takes us to St. Louis then Chicago but Interstate 57 takes us from Cairo, Illinois to Chicago, too. A choice must be made. Both roads will get one to Chicago but with very different experiences. I-57 is primarily through farm country, more or less flat with some small rolling hills and not many places to stop — very unexciting but pleasant. The other choice, I-55 is an adventure! The hills and small mountain outcroppings that must be traversed prior to St. Louis provide pleasurable scenery. Once inside St. Louis put your helmet on, make sure you have insurance on your car and you do not need gas. Get in the right hand lane and watch out for the crazy drivers and don’t get distracted by the stadium, the river, row houses or the Arch because making the crossing of the Mississippi river in downtown St. Louis requires ones full attention and is not for the faint of heart! Chicago is a another heart pounding, mind numbing adventure and will make most people draw closer to God or at least pray silently with eyes open! Just as there are two highways to Green Bay there are two roads for the journey of life. Christ spoke of a narrow and wide gate. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Mathew 7:13-14) A choice must be made. Every road leads somewhere and it is true that your choice may take you to a place you really didn’t plan on going. The road less traveled according to Christ leads to life. The “wide” road is the most popular choice but just because more people take that road doesn’t mean you have to choose it. The more comfortable “wide” road has a deadly end. Be different, make a choice for the road less traveled. It leads to a better place, will give you contentment in this present life and a better eternal life. By the way, if you are on the wide road its not to late to make a U-turn. God specializes in redirecting traffic. Check out the example of a man hanging out with Christ in Luke 23:39-43. You too can choose to take a different road its not to late! Clayton Adams is pastor at Earle First Assembly of God. You can e-mail him at cpalaa@yahoo.com, or find Earle First Assembly on Facebook.

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