Glen and I are planning our next section hike of the Appalachian Trail later this month. Last night I was showing him some video of the portion of the trail we plan to hike and he remarked that the trail didn't look very clear in that section.
"We don't want to get lost," he said.
How true. We want to make sure we look for those white blazes that mark the trail and carefully choose the right path at trail crossings.
This is true of our Christian lives as well. We want to choose wisely.
I tried to teach our children when they were growing up that there were consequences to every choice they made. I would often tell them, "If you make wrong choices, bad things happen."
We have a myriad of choices to make every day of our lives. Some are small and seemingly insignificant while some may be major and life changing, but each has consequences. Some choices are clear, like the Appalachian Trail with it's characteristic white blazes. Other choices may take much prayer, searching the Scriptures and seeking the counsel of other believers. Whatever our choices, we must live with the consequences.
Like David, perhaps we should all pray "Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make Thy way straight before my face." (Psalms 5:8.)
May we all make the choices and walk along the paths that lead us to the summit of the mountain and to the shelter of our dear Lord.
"That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." (Romans 8:4,5.)