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There’s a path to this life, which seems right to man. However, the path we take will either: lead us to our destiny, or lead us to a detour; if we’re not careful.
The Bible tells us that few find the path of life. So my question to you today is, are you one of the few?
The troubles of life, have a way of weighing us down; to the point where all of us at one time or another, utter these words.
This is too much; I’m so over this!
When we’ve experienced a challenge, we would try, try, and try again; only to say forget it. Until one day, giving up no longer became an option.
I remember sitting on the floor one day just crying because the stress of all the turmoil we were in was unbearable. Here we were trying to make ends meet, in a real estate market that was crashing. No income was coming in, and at the same time we had begun helping our beloved pastors start a church that was requiring a lot of volunteer time. In fact, we were volunteering more hours than what we were putting in at work.
Well, that particular day when I was feeling an enormous amount of pressure, I was looking through my Bible for a good word to encourage my heart in that moment. It was then that I read Matthew 7.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.” ~ Matthew 7:13-14 (AMPC)
I remember reading this and writing in my journal: will we be the ones to find it? Yes, because pressure is all around us, but we will not buckle. We serve a good God, a faithful God who is true to His Word. And although times are hard, and I feel this is too much for me; it is the pressing through this narrow gate that our life will be compressed. And that will lead us to a better life.
People say when it rains it pours and sadly too many find comfort in that. Well, that mentality leads many to the wide gates because it’s easier. When the pressure is on, no wonder very few choose the narrow gate; because it takes work, sweat, and tears.
When the pressure is on, very few choose the narrow gate because it takes work, sweat, and tears. But I am the few, are you? Click To Tweet
When you decide to walk your big challenges through a narrow gate, the gate is now contracted by pressure. And when that happens, believe me; you’ll feel the compressing on your heart and soul that draws you to a place of complete reliance on God to get you through that moment.
Trust me, you will remember that process as it will help shape who you are and set you on a path that leads to life in the most liberating ways.
Anything worth having takes work, and a good fight. I don’t know the hardship you are facing, the difficult choices you have to make, the children you have been praying for that seem to never get it right, or the marriage you have been fighting for despite the hopelessness you see.
However, what I do know, is that if you continue to fight and choose the narrow gate, allowing God to mold you, contract you with pressure, and straighten you out; it will lead you to the life you are hoping for. You will see the desires of your heart, or your silent prayers answered.
Who would have known that those countless volunteer hours we put in, at a time when most would have said: “I don’t have time to serve because I need to earn an income for my family” would have led us to where we are today.
We chose the narrow path to trust God, serve while waiting on Him ,only to find six years later, that the time sowed was a seed being planted for such a time as this to serve as a co-pastors, and co-bloggers sharing with the world our testimony, challenges and triumph all because we avoided the path of least resistance.
So tell me, are you one of the few who will find the path of life?
~ Timberley Gray
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