Thursday, September 8, 2011

Runnin' Right Roads

One of our sixth graders, the students that help lead the way for all of us, is named John.  He has some great writing ideas for the “breakfast blog.” 

Yesterday he was telling me about his sister, Laura.  It seems she likes to run.  In fact, she was a cross-country runner at CVCA.   Runners like to go “off-roading.”  Which means they like to get off the track and off the street or sidewalk, in order to find something like a path through a woods.

Well, once John’s sister, Laura, was in the mood for one of  these “off-road” runs.  She found a trail sure enough.  But then things went haywire.  She had to make a choice to stay on course or take an even wilder looking course.  Yep, you guessed it; she got further “off-road ”

The problem with going further “off-road” is it’s hard to say what you’ll find ahead on the path or if there will even be a path at all.  Laura, John’s sister, found something she didn’t like down the path she chose.  You guess….

Did you guess?  She found poison ivy!  And she got a pretty bad case of the itches.  Her itches were so nasty that she had to report to her doctor for, yep, a dreaded shot!

This got John and me to thinkin’ about a verse that appears in one of Jesus’ sermons:  “Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:13-14).

I agree with John's sister, Laura; if you're out for a run, find a cool path.  But life doesn't always work this way.  There may be some path everyone seems to walking on like sassing parents, watching too much TV or watching TV shows, movies or video games that aren't good for you.  The Bible says that those things are the broad road that leads to destruction.  It's kinda' like a path that leads to poison ivy.  Don't GO!

Instead, continue to follow the Lord and His path for your life.  Jesus' sermon says that not a lot of people will be going down that road, but it is a road that leads to life.  Remember, the life Jesus gives lasts forever (read John 3:16-17 again).

Can we pray about that?  Lord Jesus, you called people to follow You, so You could make them fisher's of men.  Not many people followed You all the way.  But I want to be one who stays on Your narrow road.  I give You permission to lead my life.  In Your name, Amen.

Proud of you,
Pastor Wilson

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