Have you ever noticed how much wrong and right seem to switch roles these days? Wrong disguises itself as right, and how tempting and tantalizing it is, and right gets twisted and turned around and given such a bad rap that it has become wrong in our society to do right. At the very least, it sure isn’t popular. The more I try to do what is right, the more unpopular I feel and the narrower the road seems to be. And I am ever astonished at how many people I meet who are doing wrong and have convinced themselves – and others – that what they are doing is totally right. I shared with a friend today how grieved I am that so few people read the Bible on a regular basis, and how I cannot comprehend why people wouldn’t want to read what the Creator of the entire universe has to say. I should have figured her response. In her own words, she, not surprised at all, explained how lots of people these days don’t want to read the Bible because of the conviction that comes. In other words, reading the Bible lets us know what is really right, and what is really wrong. So call me crazy, and call me unpopular as I try to squeeze my big ole’ derriere down the narrow brick road, but I find it utterly amazing that the Lord of the universe actually wants to speak to me. And I find it absolutely incredible that He loves me so much that He wants me to know the difference between right and wrong, and to teach me, and empower me, to do right. Pretty crazy, huh?
I don’t have to look very far to figure out how to do stuff the wrong way. I can look in the mirror and find a 40-something history of doing life wrong. I can look in the media and get a whole lot more information on doing the wrong thing. I can look around me at the world and, well, you get the point. Or, I can sprawl out on my little hand-me-down mattress-on-the-floor for a bed, flip open God’s Word, and dive deep into the Truth. Hey, the Truth ain’t easy. Doing stuff right comes with a price; it’s hard, and lonely sometimes. It doesn’t exactly draw a crowd. But the reward? Unfathomable. Because at the end of the day, I’d rather learn to get my life right – cuts, scrapes, bruises, mistakes, mishaps, mess-ups, sins, lots of repentance, and more – and draw closer to the Lord, the love of my life, than the other way around. I’ve spent enough of my life doing stuff wrong. I think it’s high time I try to get it right. I wish I could say I do this perfectly. Not even close. But now that I’m on the right path – His path – I ain’t giving up. This walking by faith business isn’t exactly a cake walk. But it sure beats walking down the wrong path.
If you’re finding yourself walking in the wrong direction, are you ready to do life right?
…”The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 NASB
There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 16:25 NASB
My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart.
For they are life to those who find them
And health to all their body. Proverbs 4:20-22 NASB
“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. 14
“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14
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