Acceptance by the crowd is rarely as important as we think it is, and choosing your own path takes courage and endurance, but it is usually well worth it, whether it is going an extra mile out of your way on a hike, or going a different direction than the crowd around you.
As Christians we are called to take that less traveled road to find the narrow gate.
Jesus was himself was not a people pleaser and not swayed by the crowd or other leaders. He said of the religious leaders of His day, “Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a ditch,” Matthew 15:14.
Jesus tells us not to follow the crowd on the wider roads of life even if teachers, pastors or other leaders are pointing that way as the right direction.
When making decisions, doing what everyone else is doing is often not the best choice. Doing what is popular will bind you to the opinions of others. Being a people pleaser will bind you to unstable standards.
Listen to the counsel of the wise, search the scriptures, chose your path carefully and don’t let the opinion of others chose your direction for you! Often we are called to take the path less traveled, and that will make all the difference.
Think of the poem by Robert Frost… see below.
“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 the road that leads to life, and only a few find it,” Matthew 7:13-14.
The Road Not Taken ~ by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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