Hard Road Hooey!

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14 KJV

Oh, the sermons I heard from this verse. They made it sound as if doing the right thing was a painful experience and maintaining proper spirituality was difficult. That to follow Jesus was a hard road to travel and only a very few would ever make it! Luckily, I came to my senses later and life and discovered that interpretation was a bunch of hooey! Jesus Himself said that his burden was light and His yoke was easy (Matthew 11:30). So, either the verse has been used out of context or God is schizophrenic. I believe the former rather than the later.

Matthew 7.14 emphasizes the importance of the power of focus. I like the way that the message bible paraphrases this verse; “the way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.” Does that sound like a treacherous road fret with struggle and hardship? Does that sound like a path that is drenched in the tears of those who inch their way along? No. It tells us that anything of lasting value is the result of living a focused life.

What is the one thing that separates successful people from unsuccessful? Focus. If you want to live life to the full, achieve the goals you set and be the person you desire to be you must have focus. You must know what it is you want and set your sights on how to get there. That can only be accomplished by having focus.

The reason so many fall by the wayside is because they don’t know what it is that they want. They wander aimlessly through life, chasing anything shiny and never arrive anywhere. Set your focus on what you want! Nothing will just fall into your lap. Success will not just happen. Nothing in life just happens. Everything happens for a reason. Everything happens as the direct result of what we do or do not do.

Determine what it is you want and go for. Set your focus on that goal. Work at achieving it every day. And, soon that hard difficult road you thought lay before you, will be traveled and your destination reached.
God Bless

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~ by DanielToops.com on November 11, 2011.

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