It Matters How You Get There

 

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In his classic book Pilgrims Progress Mr. Bunyan describes the journey of Christian  Hopeful, and Ignorance to the Celestial City.

On the way, Christian and Hopeful meet a lad named Ignorance, who believes that he will be allowed into the Celestial City through his own good deeds rather than as a gift of God’s grace. Christian and Hopeful meet up with him twice and try to persuade him to journey to the Celestial City in the right way. Ignorance persists in his own way that he thinks will lead him into Heaven. After getting over the River of Death on the ferry boat of Vain Hope without overcoming the hazards of wading across it, Ignorance appears before the gates of Celestial City without a passport, which he would have acquired had he gone into the King’s Highway through the Wicket Gate. 

 

Had he gone through the wicket gate…

 

CEO’s, professional athletes, celebrities, those who achieve the pinnacles of success despite their fame, money, power come crashing down. In their crucial wicket gate moments they chose a different path. The wrong path. And all of their success achievements are empty.

 

And the same is true for all of us. 

We come to our “wicket gate”. In relationships, careers, life choices, everyday decisions. 

There are always choices regarding which path to take. 

We cut corners, bend the truth, take the path of least resistance, and in the end reap the consequences.

Jesus said straight is the gate.

Narrow is the way.

By definition there is only one gate that will not be identified by the ease and which we passed through it. 

Only one path that will not be crowded. 

We can bypass the gate, follow the crowd  but like Ignorance get to our destination and find we missed it.

 

It is important how we get there. In fact it is crucial in natural and spiritual matters.

 

Entering the gate, following the path will not be easy. But when we get there it will be worth it.

 

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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