A Tale of Two Roads

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In the journey of life, God gives us many choices. We face one important choice between two roads every day.
 
Before us lies one road, shiny and appealing. This road curves with smooth asphalt, neat lines, and signs that read, “My Way” and “Grievance Office Ahead.” When problems arise, this road looks appealing, even reasonable, to us. 
This is the Road of Complaining. It is comfortable, allowing us to blame others while sidestepping personal responsibility. “If they had only…” This road assures us that yes, we deserve better, and life has treated us very badly indeed. On this Road, we find common ground with others and complain together.  For a while, we may enjoy the ride(driven in the limo of Self-Pity). When we arrive at the road’s end, however, we are dismayed to find ourselves trapped in a miry swamp of Bitterness. Complaining leads surely to bitterness, which can ultimately destroy us.
 
Another road beckons us, too. It wanders through the forest, strewn with leaves and punctuated with potholes. Our car may be jarred by bumps, causing an uncomfortable ride. On this road, we read signs like “Keep on the Right Way” and “Rewards Ahead.” This is the road of Thankfulness. Sometimes, it floats over hilltops of joy. But it also leads us through dark valleys of testing. Along the way, our eyes are opened to see even the smallest of our Father’s gifts. At times, we may feel alone in our choice to give thanks. We are tempted to give in and return to the other Road. Some of our friends are on that road, and this one is just too hard! Often, we can’t see past the top of the next hill. Washed out bridges, thick Atlantic fog, and derelict barns can dampen our spirits. However, we choose to trust that this is the right Road and continue. At its end, we step eagerly into Contentment, a beautiful garden of delight in the Giver of all good gifts.
 
Will you choose the Road of Complaining or the Road of Thankfulness? One leads to the swamp of Bitterness, and the other leads to the treasure of God’s Contentment. Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 point us to the right choice.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 
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Will you choose the Road of Thankfulness? Learn more from the Word of God each week by worshipping with the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church – Sundays at 11:00 am. 

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