In one of his poems, well-known poet laureate of Vermont, Robert Frost, penned this line: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”1 There was nothing wrong with the other road, it looked fine. But out of curiosity, Robert took the one few people had chosen.
Most people in life have been presented with similar situations. They are attempting to get somewhere or accomplish something and they see how other people have done it. But they notice there is more than one way to get there and so they must choose which path to follow. When they ask others for advice, they may be told: Don’t take this road, it’s too hard, or it has too many obstacles, other roads are easier. But then, they might be informed: Take that road. It’s harder, but you will be able to prove yourself, and find out just how determined and resilient you are. Besides that, you’ll see things you could never see on that other road, and you’ll have opportunities for experiences you will otherwise never have.
This same is true of our Christians journey. Whether we are building a career, involved in some social activity, driving in traffic, standing in line at a grocery store, being tempted to cut corners, not being entirely accurate, or taking what is not ours. Even when no one else is looking, our God sees it all.
The final decision on which road to take should not be made on whether or not it pleases others or satisfies our self, but does it delight our heavenly Father. One thing has been proven, when God smiles on what you say or do, that is the greatest compliment and achievement any Christian can experience. When you do so, you will often find out that you have chosen the narrow road less traveled. And with it comes blessings that otherwise can never be experienced, because they are eternal. – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken, 1920