Blessed… The Easy Way

“Go in through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to destruction is broad and the road wide, so many people enter through it. But the gate that leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it” (Matthew 7:13-14, Common English Bible).

Given a choice, I will almost always take the path or least resistance. I don’t want things to be more difficult than they have to be. If one bike trail is straight up a hill and the other goes around the hill but is a rougher road, I might agonize over which path to take because neither looks easy. Yeah right! Who am I kidding. If you know me you know I am not likely to be on a bike path at all. The far more likely course of action would be to get in the car and drive!

If I have to clean up the kitchen after dinner, I am more likely to use the dishwasher than I am to wash the dishes in the sink by hand. I am not going down to the creek to wash my clothes on a rock, nor am I going to use a washtub and scrub-board. The washing machine does the job very well and it is a lot easier. For that matter I am not going to hang up my clothes on a clothes line either. I don’t even have a clothes line. Further, I don’t even wash my dress shirts. I send them to the cleaners to have them washed and pressed. I hate ironing and this is absolutely the easy way out.

I also know I am not alone. Just about anyone I know, and just about anyone in American society is going to do what I do when it comes to many of the rather mundane tasks of life. Most of us want to take the easiest path.

That doesn’t mean it is true for everyone. My oldest son went into the military after graduating high school. He definitely didn’t take the easy road. Instead he choose the Marine Corp because he “wanted the challenge.” But, he also didn’t take things as far as he might have. He didn’t try to go into special forces either.

Sometimes, however, the easy road is not the best road. Sometimes we need to go the more difficult way because we will be better for it in the long run. I can get away with the easy route when it comes to having my dress shirts washed and ironed. That being said, the easy road is not the best course of action to take when it comes to matters of faith.

Just as Wayne sought the challenge when he entered the Marine Corp, we need the challenge of the difficult path because the road less traveled, the harder way means a better opportunity for faithfulness. It is the road that leads to life.

Too many people believe that once they come to faith life is going to get easier. It just doesn’t work that way. No where in the Bible does it say that living out the Christian faith is something easy. Quite the opposite is true. Our lesson today, two short verses, should open our eyes. Living the faith is not the simple thing to do. It is not the easy thing to do. We will be challenged and it will happen all the time.

I think at this moment in history, it is more difficult to live out the faith than it was earlier in my life. Many people in our society resent the faith. They test our faith. They push to see how far we will go. Scripture is clear. We can’t compromise. We can’t take the path of least resistance. That path leads to destruction. Going the hard way leads to life.

I can get away with taking the easy way when it comes to getting from point “A” to point “B.” I can get away with the simple solution when it comes to having clean shirts. But to live in the Kingdom of God, the hard road is the way to go. No one ever said their wouldn’t be obstacles along the trail. Thankfully, we don’t travel this road alone. We are blessed along the way to share the path with one another and we are also joined by an omnipotent and loving God who will see us down the train.

What obstacles do you face as you walk the difficult path of faith?

Have a blessed day in the Lord and share that blessing with someone along the way.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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