Ps. 23:3 - "He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake."
The father was quite shocked. So he asked his son, “Why would you want to do that?”
He said his son looked at them with a straight face and said, “Because I am sick and tired of taking orders from you and mom.”
His dad asked, “So you joined the Marine Corps so you would not have to take orders?”
I don’t know about you but just writing this story has me laughing.
One word in Ps. 23:3 has grabbed my attention and it is the word “paths” of righteousness. You will notice the word is plural. We need to stay on the “paths of righteousness”.
I believe that some of our life “paths” that we choose can be more difficult than other paths.
Now I could be wrong here but I think choosing the Marine Corps may have been a little harder than living at this young man’s parent’s house when it came to receiving orders.
I am not saying the young man made the wrong choice by choosing the Marines because some of my greatest learning experiences have come from enduring difficult struggles. If he stayed in the Marines I am sure they changed him for the better.
However, I would imagine those first weeks of basic training were difficult especially since he didn’t like his mom and dad giving him orders.
Some times in life we try to take the easy path but I have to admit I learned more when exerting all my strength to keep my head above water.
One important thing to remember is this that because you choose a path of righteousness doesn’t mean safe sailing.
If you look back to the early disciples and apostles many of them died because of their decision to travel on the path of righteousness.
Choose a path where you will be able to use your God given talents.
When you choose a path choose one you love and where you will enjoy your journey.
My wife and I moved to a retirement community. I wanted to move not simply because they had a lot of sporting activities for adults. I came here because I liked the church we attended and was looking forward to serving my Lord there.
Look at people who have gone down the wrong paths and learn from their mistakes.
I am sure we all have walked on paths we wished we hadn’t but the key is we don’t keep walking on them. Just remember whatever path you choose make sure you walk on it with the Lord.
Think on These:
A person can save himself from many hard falls by refraining from jumping to conclusions.
Everyone is capable of making mistakes, but fools practice them.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.