Life is not about taking the easy, perfectly manicured and wide path. Life is about going against the worldly grain, taking the narrow unkept path and following Christ and His example. I really didn’t understand that until I was much older. I don’t think I really understood that until I was in my upper 30’s honestly. Now I see how important it is to be on that narrow path.
Life is not about taking the worldly path. That is really hard to do when you live in a mostly secular world. This is really hard to do when the company you keep is living in the secular world. How is a Christian supposed to survive in this mostly secular world?
Does this mean that you only shop at Christian stores, eat at Christian restaurants, go to church, go to Christian laundry mats, and have Christian friends? Or if you can’t find any of those hide in your home, order from your computer and access online via your Christian internet provider and have everything shipped to you from Christian sites?
Don’t see that happening anytime soon.
For me it is making the hard choices. Asking the cable guy who is in my home cussing not to do that inside of my home. It is asking my friend who is listening to music I don’t want to hear to either change the channel or turn the music off. It is steping out of my comfort zone and telling the person who gave a pair of shorts to my daughter that they need to be returned because they are to short, even if she loves them. It is making choices, standing my ground and walking away if I am truly uncomfortable instead of just siting through it all, dealing with and accepting it.
It has to do with being honest with myself. It has to do with being honest with others. It has to do with taking care of myself.
I am not perfect. I will never be perfect this side of heaven. I am going to have bad days. I am going to have good days. I am going to have great days. For me it is also knowing my limitations based upon what is happening within me. I can say with 100% certainty that if I am having a bad day, it is best for me to be around those who are like minded and can lift me up. If I am having a bad day and my cup is empty, if I choose to meet a friend who doesn’t believe (or live a Christian life) I am going to slip into the way they talk, and the way they act. I can not be a witness for Christ on those types of days. I am running on empty from not taking care of myself and that wide path looks so inviting and so much easier to walk down for a bit.
I am one of the first people to admit doing it the worlds way, seems so much easier. Get drunk, skip church, have fun, go to the bars, have sex before marriage, live with your boyfriend or girlfriend to make sure you can do it forever, skip work, be a “me” focused person, making a post on social media that is not appropriate to get likes/comments, buying things to keep up with the Jones or anything that isn’t of Christ. It all seems to be easier. It all seems to be much more fun. It all seems to be what others are doing.
I think there is a difference in being a me focused person and taking care of yourself first. For me I have to have my time with Christ each day. I need to look to Him for guidance, prayer, and relationship daily or I am not taking care of myself first. On those days I actually become more of a me focused person. What is easiest for me. I stop doing what is best for me and go with what is easiest for me. I can also say that 9 out of 10 times the things that are easiest for me are not what is best for me. As a matter of fact most of the time the easy way is the worldly way.
Really for me being a Christian isn’t about avoiding the world. It is about loving people where they are at, but me not going to that level. I remember reading a book once and talking about how we have to be selective. If we are always around those who don’t believe and they are on the ground and we are are standing on a chair, them pulling us down is going to be so much easier than us pulling them up to our level. This is true. Especially for me. It doesn’t mean I avoid them. It doesn’t mean I run and hide. It just means I can’t always be immersed in it because I will be pulled off the chair much faster than I will be able to pull them up on the chair. But I keep on going. I keep on spending time with them, and loving them right where they are at.
I let them see the Light in me. I let my Light shine from within me. I love them where they are at. I let them see the narrow path I am on. I pray for them. I pray for their life. I am their friend. I love them and hope that some day, they see the Light. I hope that the time comes when I can invite them to church to meet my family, my family in Christ.
I am not perfect. There are days I need to see someone else’s Light shine! There are days I need to be reminded about how fabulous the narrow path is. There are days when I have been pulled off that chair and I am not only standing on the ground, but laying on it immersed in it. And then thankfully Christ lifts me up. Sends just the right person in my path to remind me what my purpose is, reminds me how important I am to Him and how He loves me no matter what I am doing but He wants to see me back up on that chair because I love Him in return.
Have you ever felt like this? Have you ever fallen away and just know you need to get back? Have you ever taken the wide path and just want to get over to that narrow path? It isn’t to late! It is never to late! Tell me about it. Maybe you are there now, maybe you just got up, maybe you have gone back and forth! Tell me about it because it is never too late! EVER.