“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14, ESV)
These words describe not only our choice regarding our final destination, but every goal in life. There is an easy way and a narrow way. The choice is usually obvious, and perhaps even a no-brainer; until the narrow gate limits our natural wishes.
For fear of sounding overly dramatic, allow me to say, it’s in these gate-choosing moments that life and death hang in the balances. One way leads to the best results and the other robs us of a great future. We would wish that our choices were more benign; but that’s not how life was designed. Unfortunately, the natural tendency to take the easy road always lurks at the outskirts of our consciousness and works to rob us of everything. Don’t give in!
Make today a day of possibilities. Join the faithful few that declare, “I’m going to be governed by principles greater than my natural instinct.” This doesn’t mean that we should never enjoy life, but it is a call not to enjoy life at the expense of a greater good manifesting.
Love life. Pursue purpose. Rest well at night.