Are You on the Right Path?
So often we refer to our lives as a journey. I call it “My Path.” It’s no simple trip. Certainly there are days when I wonder if a path exists or if I’m even on the right track. The traffic, barriers and detours do seem to delay my progress. Each of us is traveling—choosing each step, turn, and sometimes deciding to detour.
Do you have this struggle? Is it difficult to find your way?
I think each path may be uniquely designed especially for each of us to travel and learn from. Even the rough and steep trails give life its meaning. Life is difficult. Trouble comes—you stub your toes on the roots or rocks—you resist and cry out. “What is that ‘trouble’ doing in my way?” you demand.
“In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:33 Msg.
Your path may seem too rough, crooked, or twisty and you complain that others’ lives are easier than yours. While you are envious of others you miss the beauty, rich lessons and values of your journey. Accepting the path you were placed on brings much peace. Do otherwise and you fail to enjoy the scenery as you travel through life.
As moms you hold the hands of your little ones walking beside you. You warn them of the obstacles. You point out ways to choose the wise routes, take the best turns, and avoid danger. If your child stumbles you help him up, brush her off, kiss any bruises and continue. Whatever missteps they make-you love them still. And one day you release them to blaze their own trail.
Aren’t most of us really children trying to make our way?
“I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Matt. 18: 3 Msg.
Don’t you hold the Lord’s hand as you travel your path?
God said, “My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end.” Exodus 33:14 Msg.
Whatever steps or missteps you take—remember they are mostly baby steps and your Master loves you.
So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it! Hebrews 12:13 Msg.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. I am a Certified Professional Coach with Fowler International Academy.
I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother.
In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, & Empowered. My stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving, Insights and Encouragement on the Path of Motherhood is available for purchase on Amazon.