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 bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo 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 thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn 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 sighSomewhere 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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