Life is like a road
In Mr. Whitby’s English Lit. Class in High School, I remember first reading “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost (see below). I never realized the way it would affect me over the years. The choices we make or fail to make determine so much in our lives. We must choose wisely making informed decisions.
Life is like a road. We know where we've been, but we can't always see everything that's up ahead. The road is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, right turns and wrong turns, potholes and pit stops, break down lanes and traffic jams. But what's the purpose of your journey? What's the destination and where can you find the right directions? The answers are found in Jesus Christ who said He is the way, truth and life! We invite you to continue reading and consider what road you are on. For more detailed information, click on the links below.
Realize your life has a purpose
God made you for a purpose, and that purpose was to have a relationship with Him forever. Unlike everything else God created, the Bible says that God made people uniquely in His very image: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27). You were made to know God in a dynamic way, to find fulfillment and joy as you experience the abundant life He has for you, and to realize genuine peace in the eternal life He provides. In view of all that God wants for your life, can you say with confidence that you are on the right road? We live in a confusing world of competing and contrary messages, but you need to know that the truth of God can be known today.
Open your heart to the truth
God has revealed Himself to us by inspiring approximately 40 men to write 66 books over the span of 1,500 years that perfectly captures what He wants the world to know about Him. This self-revelation of God is called the Bible, a unique book that is without errors, confirmed by archaeological and historical evidence, contains hundreds of prophecies that have been fulfilled, and has influenced people more than any other book as more than a billion copies have been printed in over 2,200 different languages. The truths in the Bible can change your life: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16).
Admit you need a savior
The Bible says that God is holy. God is completely without sin or wickedness. But the Bible says that every person sins and falls short of God’s standard: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23). Because of sin, death and separation from God has come into the human experience: For the wages of sin is death... (Romans 6:23). Our deepest need is to be saved or delivered from this death sentence so we can fulfill our purpose of knowing Him. The Bible confirms that we cannot do enough good in the world to save ourselves: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9). We need God to provide a savior for us.
Decide to trust in Jesus Christ
The Bible teaches that the greatest gift came at the highest price, the death of God’s Son, Jesus. He came as a man and gave his life freely on a first century Roman cross to pay the penalty we deserved for our sins, was raised three days later. This simple message is called the gospel of Jesus Christ: ... Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). All that you must do to have a relationship with God is to trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16).
The Road Not Taken
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.