"Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin." Proverbs 13:6 NLT
It might be a bit of an oversimplification, but where you end up has a whole lot to do with the path you are on and the path that you stay on. You need to be on the right path that will lead you to that future version that you are longing for. And then, once you are on the right path, an element of endurance is necessary to stay there. That endurance might be described as godliness as it is in this verse.
The expression that "All roads lead to Rome," may have been true if you lived during the time of the Roman Empire, but not all roads are going to lead you to your desired destination in life. Of course the road or path that we are speaking of is not necessarily a physical one, but it is a spiritual one. The path consists of the habits, activities, relationships and patterns in your life that will, depending on what they are, either develop or destroy you. A couple of paths that you do not want to be on are:
Any Path - The path that assumes that whatever you are doing now is just fine and eventually you will find your way.
The Path of Least Resistance - The path that takes the easy way at every turn and leads you without a destination in mind.
My dad used to have an expression that puzzled me for years. He would sometimes say "You can't get there from here. In order to get there, you need to go someplace else first." For some of us, the simple passing of time on our current path may not take us where we want to go, we may need to go someplace else first. Maybe a new start is required that might take some planning.
Maybe - It would be good to nurture a heart of gratitude for what we do have instead of focusing on what we don't have.
Maybe - Some of our spending patterns need to change to be on the right financial path.
Maybe - Some learning will be necessary to be prepared for our next opportunity.
Maybe - We should spent some serious time thinking about where we are headed and make plans to get there, instead of waiting for something to just happen.
Carl Baade said, "No one can go back and make a new beginning, but all of us can start now and make a new ending."
Make sure you are on the right path today and then let godliness guard your way. Also be mindful that sin will derail you. And recognize that sometimes sin is disguised as a short cut to where you want to be. Remember, God will never ask you to take a step in the wrong direction to get to the right place.
This week, be strong and courageous regarding the path you select.
"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do." Joshua 1:7 NLT
In His Hands,