Take The Road Less Traveled
I was listening to a podcast the other day, and they were using the analogy of how living in this world was like going downstream following the current.
Following the current trend or paradigm “they” have set out for us, we blindly oblige like the sheep following the herd. God asks us to live “in” this world but not to live “of” it.
The podcast also used the analogy of how when one goes against this trend of today’s society, it is like choosing to paddle upstream against the current. I have had the fortune of experiencing this firsthand and not just for fun.
My brother and I had taken his two girls and my 11-year-old son at the time on a forty-day canoe trip in the Arctic down the Elk and Thelon rivers. We were 200 miles away from any roads. Halfway through the trip, the unthinkable happened.
My brother and I got separated!!!
My brother’s one daughter Hannah and I were paddling together, and during the whole next day, Hannah and I paddled upstream looking for my brother, his other daughter and my son.
To no avail. We did not find them. They had been waiting for us at the start of the next river past the large lake (a short 8 miles ahead), while Hannah and I had camped at the mouth of the river we had been on.
Needless to say, we were exhausted beyond anything we had ever done. Once our arms couldn’t paddle anymore, we floated back down to our campsite for the night. I will never forget how much physical exhaustion we were experiencing after a short 8 miles upstream, when the day before, we had gone 96 miles following the current.
We crawled into our tent with aching muscles and insufficient energy to eat.
The point to this story is the motivation to paddle upstream is created by a burning desire to go against the current.
You have to make the decision to go against the grain or dance to a different beat than what the world is dancing to.
Do you want to live a life in harmony with God or follow what the world would have you believe is the correct path?
The only way to achieve your bliss is to be in harmony with this force inside of you. Many times, that is choosing a road less traveled.
If you want to be an independent thinker, you oftentimes must not take the path of least resistance. This is what water does when it carves out a river. Your river of dreams gets washed away with all of your hopes and desires.
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I will end this entry with a poem.
Two roads diverged in a wood. And I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.