Our family has Wii Fit Plus and one of my favorite morning activities is to take a virtual bicycle ride. Each morning I try to make it to the finish line in less time than the day before. There is a strategy to it because you have to collect all these flags along the way.
Well, this morning I was doing my usual thing, attempting to beat yesterday’s score but everything kept going wrong. I was getting frustrated with myself but then it was like a light bulb went off in my head. The problem was that I needed to stay on the path. In an effort to make better time, I was attempting to take shortcuts but those only slowed me down.
I couldn’t help but think of how this can be applied spiritually. How many times do we do the same thing? We try to take shortcuts with God and wander off the path He has laid out for us. In the book of Job, as he is crying out to God and trying to understand what has gone wrong in his life he says in Job 31:7, “…if my steps have turned from the path…” In other words, Job wanted to know if he had gotten off the path.
There have been times in my life when I have gotten off the path. I knew it deep within but I still wanted to try things my way. When I have done that, everything has gone wrong.
Shortcuts really won’t get us anywhere. We will only find ourselves becoming frustrated. If things have been going all wrong in your life, perhaps its time to evaluate the direction you have been going. Have you been sticking to the path God has laid out for you? Or are you attempting to try things your own way, taking a direction that is not in His plans?
Proverbs 4:18 is a good reminder of what life can be like when we stay on the right path. “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”