At one point during the past couple of weeks, an acquaintance began reminiscing out loud–for all the world, including this writer to hear.
For some reason, the man began revisiting all of the many times in his life when he made important decisions. For some unknown reason, the man LOUDLY started calling himself names whenever he brought up a time in his past where he made a decision which didn’t turn out too well for him.
After (what seemed to be at least ten or fifteen minutes of this (mostly) very public self-berating), two observations were made.
BOTH observations were motivated by the witnessing of the fairly severe self-chastisement.
“I wouldn’t be too hard on yourself. It sounds like you made a lot of good decisions too.”
“Easy for you to say. You weren’t there. You didn’t have to suffer the consequences.”
“Okay. Well, it could have been worse.”
“Yeah, it could have been a LOT worse. I was lucky a lot of times.”
Which led to the second of the two observations offered.
“Well, you know, the VAST majority of the time, a person has to walk a LOT of wrong paths before he finds the right one.”
This made the fellow stop and he seemed to do some reflecting.
Then he smiled. (At least he stopped the yelling.)
“That might be one of the smartest things I’ve ever heard you say.”
“Yeah, you say a LOT of really stupid stuff–or at least it sounds stupid unless the person agrees with you. But, I think you’re onto something here. A person goes the wrong way a bunch of times before (hopefully) finding the way that will work for him.”
This reminded of an event which happened YEARS before this, where someone said something similar (which was related to the man who had been raking himself over the coals).
Standing in line at a convenience store one day, chatting with the cashier–who was the mother of a couple of boys familiar to the chatter.
“So, how are your boys?”
“Well, Michael is doing real well in school and in sports. But I don’t know about Edward. He’s in Florida and just finished up four years at Oceanography school. We spent TONS of money on that outfit and I get the feeling he’s not sure he should have went there.
I don’t think he really knows what he wants to do.”
“Well, I was just reading an article that said that MOST people don’t know what they really want to do until they turn 40.”
At this point, a well-dressed man in a suit and tie who was in line BEHIND got out of line, came up and shook the hand of the chatter.
“I’m so glad to hear you say that. It makes me feel so much better! I’m not 40 yet!”
The moral of all the accounts seemed to be: “A person will PROBABLY walk a LOT of wrong paths before finding the right one.”
That includes the most important path one may walk: the strait (narrow) path–which Jesus instructed “few” find.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 9-11, 2021.]
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