Principle: Arrive at a destination by following a trustworthy road.
“Could be worse.” Unofficial motto of the state of Minnesota.
Proverbs 2:9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;
Proverbs 4:14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil men.
Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
Proverbs 4:26 Take heed to the path of your feet, then all your ways will be sure.
Proverbs 5:5-6 Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not take heed to the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.
Proverbs 10:17 He who heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof goes astray.
Proverbs 12:28 In the path of righteousness is life, but the way of error leads to death.
Proverbs 15:19 The way of a sluggard is overgrown with thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.
Proverbs 15:24 The wise man’s path leads upward to life, that he may avoid Sheol beneath.
We have a destination; starting from where we are, we move toward our destination, step by step. Feet on the way, day after day, turn grass into packed soil, until there is a path. Paths are improved and become roads; dirt roads are paved. Hazards are overcome, bridges are built over chasms, and the road becomes a highway. The grassy path becomes a means to end. The promise made to us by the road is that if we begin here, we will arrive there, and the journey will be reliable, safe and convenient.
Mapping the route means that we select the best path from a variety of available routes. One route is chosen when we want a fast arrival, another is chosen if we desire to avoid traffic. One route is scenic and provides beautiful vistas. A detour may take us to a favorite restaurant or a stop along the way. We may choose a route because of people we want to see or people we want to avoid. Mapping the route means that we travel it in our mind, making choices before they become necessary.
The book of Proverbs, from the Bible, has a lot to say about selecting a wise path and staying on it rather than wandering off track. Do you know your path? Is it reliable, safe and will it provide you with the parameters of what you want for your journey?
QUESTIONS for thinking it through:
- Are you familiar with the road between where you are and your destination?
- What sort of journey would be best to have? What are your parameters?
- What are the steps? What are the stops? What are the desired detours?
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