Last week I had two separate conversations with two different friends. We ended up talking about this topic that has been on my mind a lot lately and I now want to share it with you because I know you need to think about this too.
Imagine for a moment that all of a sudden you had a real-life image of yourself standing on a road. You’re standing there. You’re looking around. Most surprisingly, you realize that the road has a name. And it is the name of the actual path in life which you are on. What would your road say? Would it say Resentment? Worry? Denial? What if you didn’t realize the road was about to take a sharp turn towards Destruction? Worse yet, you were taking actual, intentional steps towards that road of destruction.
There are many roads. You may be nervously traveling the road Anxiety until you realize that is not the path you want to take so you bravely jump off and choose Peace instead. While all along the way, there are these smaller, less noticeable roads in which you could veer off the road you are on at any point. You then start to realize that each decision you make lands you on a different road, for better or worse.
The point I am trying to make is that all of us (hey, me too!) need to really evaluate our decisions. If I say that I value human life and yet I gossip about my friends, wouldn’t that be contrary to what I say I believe? If I say I value my marriage and yet I don’t invest in my husbands heart, doesn’t that show I care more about myself and less about the person I married? Hypocrisy. It is everywhere. We all are that word from time to time. I am that person. My husband is that person. For myself, I think I would be on the road of Arrogance if I didn’t notice that. It is something I have to constantly battle. Assuming I’m better, I’m wiser, I’m right. Each step I take on that road buries me deeper in my own selfishness and takes away my ability to see other people and care for them.
The reality is that we are on a road. The road does lead somewhere and the road will eventually end. As for me, I am choosing the road to being better, doing better. It is the road so many people are on. It is a road that seems irrelevant sometimes but being real is something that I strive for always. Trying to better myself and steer away from the road of Anxiety is huge to me.
What road are you on?