Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost


PHILIPPIANS 3:13 "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

JEREMIAH 6:16 "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."

GENESIS 13:10 "And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. 12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom."


The scripture above is a well know one in which Abraham and Lot's herdsmen were fighting. Abraham told Lot to choose which land he'd rather have and they would separate. Lot chose the fertile plains of Jordon where the wicked city of Sodom was situated. He chose the best and easiest path and it wound up costing him everything he had!

In the poem, "The Road Not Taken" (or "The Road Less Traveled" as it is also called) Robert Frost wrote about walking down a road that suddenly branched out to become two. He stood at the fork wondering which way he should go. He wanted to travel both roads but could only go down one. He told himself that he would come back some other time and explore the other road, "Oh, I kept the first for another day!" But, in reality, he realized that would probably never happen, "Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back." He was telling us to seize the opportunities life presents and choose our way carefully.

You can't go back and take another path in life. When you come to a fork in the road, once you choose a way, you start a chain of experiences that cannot be erased. You can't "go back" to the other as if you had never started down the wrong path.

There will always be "choices" in our lives. If you are trying to quit smoking, there will be cigarettes in your path occasionally. If you are an alcoholic, you will be tempted to take a drink. If you are trying to lose weight, food is always there. We are all guilty of placing blame on others whenever we choose the wrong road. (Myself included!)
"Everyone else at the party was drinking."
"If my coworkers didn't smoke in the break room I could quit."
"If the kids didn't have to have cookies and snacks in the house I could lose weight."

When you take that drink, light up the cigarette, or reach for that cookie, you are making your own choices. No one else is responsible for making you choose the road you take. No one can make you lose your temper, no one can make you swear. The road you took yesterday, last week, last year or ten years ago was your choice and you cannot go back and erase the time you have spent on that road. But you can switch paths!

If you messed up and took a wrong turn somewhere, you do not have to keep going down the same road. If you've been eating too much and it has caused you to gain unwanted pounds, get on a different road! If you've been traveling down a road of self indulgence, switch paths, seek out the path of self restraint. If you have been traveling on an angry road, search out a peaceful way. God didn't promise us the road to Heaven would be easy but He did promise that He would be there to walk down it with us! Life is full of twists and turns, sudden stops and forks. Be careful, for often the easiest, well traveled road, the path of least resistance, is a path trodden by the millions following the deceiver. Many times you will find that the road less traveled is the road that leads Home!



"Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked."



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