01/09/19 – Matt 7:15-29; Psalm 9:1-12; & Proverbs 2:16-22

Often when we hike the trails present several options.  Some are wide and well maintained.  Others are a bit unkempt, narrow and in the early morning I try not to be the first hiker to prevent running into spider webs spun during the night.  We usually find that the narrow trails are more difficult than the wide ones and may require more focus on our footing and a steeper climb (which is probably why they are narrower.)    But once we reach our goal, be it a seldom seen breathtaking mountain view or just a chance to sit in in absolute silence, we realize that the narrow path and the extended challenge (and multiple rest breaks) was well-worth all of our efforts.

Matthew 7: 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

We should never forget that the reward at the end is more than worth the effort …