Monday, March 8, 2010

The road of compromise

I'd like to share an insight I've recently been taught with you. A few weeks ago, I attended my church home's ladies retreat. I had the pleasure of listening to Paige Henderson, co-founder of Fellowhip of the Sword ministry. She had several wonderful lessons but one thought in particular struck a cord with me and I'm thinking it might for you as well.

Paige talked about the compromises we make in our life. In her example she shared that sometimes God will call us to go down a certain road in life (she used local Hwy 377 as her example) but we decide to take a road that parallels the road of our calling (for example, taking Rufe Snow instead). Both roads can eventually get you to the same place in the end, but the things you see and experience will be different. On Hwy 377, you may have more opportunities and things available to you but you chose Rufe Snow because there's less traffic. Rufe Snow may have less traffic, but you will probably encounter more potholes and stop signs. Both roads have their pros and cons but only one road is the one that's been chosen for you by God.

When you take the 'parallel road', you are often still within God's permissive will (remember that from last week's blog??) but you are not in God's perfect will. You are most likely missing out on experiences and blessings that God has for you. Regardless of the condition of the road you're being called to travel, God has a reason for having you go down it! It may be lonely, boring, desolate, hectic, difficult...insert any adjective you want to use, there's still a reason He wants you to travel your own road. Perhaps you won't see it now, but you will appreciate it later because it will have equipped you for the hope God has for your life.

So, where are you? Are you traveling the road God has called you to or have you chosen a parallel road that's similar to what He asked you to do? From one traveler to another...let's find our way to His perfect path, not ours!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

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