#thirstythursday / you don’t have to be like everyone else

the daily Starr thirsty thursday

The teacher was Mrs. Tucker. I wasn’t much into all the reading and the book reports she seemed to love assigning our 7th or 8th grade English class. Imagine me as a junior high student telling my parents how I had a book report due the next day and I still HAD TO READ THE BOOK!! Some things never change, right? #procrastinationproblems

Even in the midst of all those assignments, this poem was one we were required to memorize and it has ALWAYS stuck in my mind. Thank you, Mrs. Tucker.

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.

The road less traveled.
And that has made all the difference.

You don’t have to be like everyone else. You don’t have to walk the same path. You don’t have to cave under the pressure to be popular and liked.

Sometimes that path is going to be snow covered and lonely and quiet and still. Are we ok with that? Can we learn to step into the less traveled unknowns of life?

Oh, but friends – that path can be more beautiful than we ever expected! The road less traveled makes all the difference. And the views are breathtaking.

You be you, friend. 

And let them be them.

Tonight on this #thirstythursday I’m reminded that Jesus gave the same advice:

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. – Matthew 7:13 ESV

Everyone goes through the wide gate – that way is easy and leads to destruction. Be one of the few that goes by the narrow gate.

Peter also speaks on this topic.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.  – 1 Peter 4:10-11 

My gift is not your gift. And if I focus too much on your gift, I’ll miss what God has ahead for me in this journey. If I want everything I do to bring glory to God – I need to be me and use the gifts God has blessed me with.

Hospitality. Encouragement. Relationships. Music. 

How about you? What are your gifts and how can you be more you this week? Don’t let the enemy pull one over on you and get lost in comparison and discouragement. Believe me, it happens to the best of us.

God, help me keep my eyes on You and take the road less traveled – the narrow gate that leads straight to You.

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10 comments

  1. So very beautifully written! Image are beautiful, too. This resonates with me. I am nearly 40, and most of the time I think I am comfortable in my own skin, but sometimes I let those voices tell me if I was friendlier and more outgoing I’d have more friends or if I was calmer and more patient my children would listen better or any number of others things I should be but I’m not. Sometimes, I allow myself to hear God’s voice reminding me that He made me the way He made me, and He doesn’t make mistakes.

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    • I have thought so much about your comment here, friend. I’ve thought a lot about a response. Here’s the thing – YOU are Heather. Amazing, wonderful Heather. God didn’t make you more outgoing and whatever else you want to fill in the blank with. Just like God didn’t make me calm and someone that pays attention to the tiniest details. I’m a big picture girl. Don’t give me the details. I’ll drown and cry!! Haha. God’s voice is like a fine tuned old radio dial. The more we get in tune with Him, the more clearly we hear and see our purpose. The more we get away and the dial gets turned, the more static we have that distracts and distorts His voice. I’m praying for all of us Jesus girls to hear Him ever so clearly. He has such a purpose for all of us! I’m so thrilled to have a front row seat in your writing to watch it all unfold. It’s the glorious unfolding!! Love you, friend!!

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