Monday, October 24, 2011

The Road...
This poem was written as my oldest daughter was moving out of our home.  It is a challenge to myself as well as to all three of my children, who are all now young adults.  I can remember being where they are now, in my late teens and early twenties, and thinking that there was plenty of time to become the man I wanted to be.  But what I didn't fully understand at the time, and what I believe many young people fail to grasp, is that every choice that is made is shaping the future.  In a very real sense we get to decide what the future will look like.  It is simply a destination along....

The Road
The road you're on
Is the path you choose
The way you go
Whether win or lose
It’s the road of life
That takes you there
To your destination
And it's only fair
That you should know
Many years from now
There's no mistake
And no surprise how
You got to that place
Because it's on the way
Along the very road
You are on today
So look ahead
Ten years or more
Along the road you’re on
What lies in store
Do you like what you see
Do your dreams live there
Are you happy with life
In that place where
Your road has led
From the choices you make
What about your children
They too are at stake
It's really quite simple
Not much more to say
Your whole future is determined
By the road you choose today

Eph 5:15-16 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

How much of our lives do we live on purpose and how much do we live simply in reaction to what is going on around us?  How much time do we spend really thinking through and praying over the choices we make?  I don't mean the really big ones like who will we marry or what state we will live in etc., but I am talking about the day to day choices...those all too often soft little choices...that mold our character and therefore our lives and futures.  It is true that God is a God of second chances, but there are no "do overs".  As Christians, we must be wise with the time we are given and make the most of our opportunities for the Lord!