The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
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.
Following the Ways of the World?
I have always loved this poem by Robert Frost and it has been used in many different contexts, but Scripture from the book of Matthew come to mind when I read it.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
The ways of the world are deceptive and sneaky. Just “because everybody is doing it” is not sufficient enough reason to do something. Usually, if everybody is doing it, it goes against the Word of God.
We as people have been given free will. The free will to choose how we want to live our lives. No matter how we choose to live our lives. There will come a day that we will be held responsible for our actions, choices, and attitudes.
At that point, there will be no turning back, no re-dos on your life.
The consequences of our choices will either result in an eternal life with our Savior or an eternity in Hell.
In order to receive eternal life, you must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You must believe that He is the son of God and that He died for your sins.
Once you have received the gift of salvation, you have been given new life. You have been reborn.
All the old ways of our sinful life have passed away. A new life has been born. However, because of human nature, there will always be the tendency to sin, which is why we need Jesus.
Even after salvation, we must continually choose to walk daily in the Word, seek forgiveness when we sin, and change our ways.
As a Christian or a non-Christian, there comes a time in your life when you must choose which path you are going to take in life.
Which path are you on?