Life is a journey full of choices. How can you tell if you’ve chosen the wrong road?
Matthew 7:14 NIV
“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
What is a Wrong Road?
We all want an easy life—fulfilling relationships, a fun job, money in the bank, and purpose. The world assures us we deserve these things and offers myriad ways to achieve an easy life.
“Buy one, get one FREE!”
“You can’t live without this!”
“Buy now while supplies last!”
Lightening McQueen might croon about life being a highway, but only if you’re willing to pass up real life. If you zoom through life on the wrong road, you’ll miss out on the little things that make life meaningful.
You can’t have meaningful relationships if you live at the speed of light. You’ll overlook the hurting, the marginalized, and those who need your love.
If you take no joy in your job, it’s the wrong road. I don’t love everything about teaching. My peers who chose other lines of work make more than I do. Shoot, trash collectors make about the same as teachers do, and they have set hours, no papers to grade, and no irate parents to deal with.
But most days, I love my job, and I know I make a difference in other people’s lives. I’ll never reach the middle class (evidently, middle-class people spend 10-20k a year on vacations, according to one report I read a few years ago). But God didn’t bless me so I could spend my money on myself.
I have purpose—to love others and help in whatever ways I can. Whether it’s comforting someone who hurts or donating to a cause.
God didn’t promise us a highway. He told us the road to life would have troubles (John 16:33), narrow passages, and we’d have to search for it.
The good news about choosing the wrong road? You can always turn around.