Why do some people who have fame, money, prestige, good looks, and possessions end their lives tragically? Could it be they never found the true riches of life?
Last Saturday, we all gathered in our backyard inside the screen that covers the swimming pool and deck. Suddenly, our grandchildren squealed when they saw a squirrel a few feet away from them.
We watched the squirrel go from here to there. “She doesn’t want to play. She wants to get out,” my grandkids said.
Her bushy tail followed her as she scurried from corner to corner, trying to find the way out. Hubby opened both screen doors wide to make her exit easier. But she dashed right by the opened doors until she spotted the same small hole she used to come in.
Smart squirrel. She didn’t know where the wide open doors would lead. But she knew if she took the same small opening, the territory would be safe and familiar.
Squirrels are smarter than we are. How often we dashed through the gates that are wide open with luring invitations. We enter right through because they’re popular, easy, comfortable and accepted.
But rather than finding answers, success and richness, we end up emotionally bankrupt. With sleepless nights, we realized we entered through the wrong gate and disappointment or destruction greets us.
How about you? Are you looking for the correct gate? If so, here are three ways to help you make the choice easier:
- Recognize there are always two choices—one that pleases the world and one that pleases God.
- Reflect on God’s Word on the subject. Which way is He leading you?
- Repeat His promises of life should you choose to take the narrow way—the one with the promise of life, of peace at night and riches that have nothing to do with a bank account.
“He [Christ] said: ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.’” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Father, open gates are all around us, luring us. They beckon us to enter into the world’s ways; its inviting call is tempting. Grant us strength to pass them by and choose instead the gate that leads to you who provides life’s riches. In Jesus’ name, amen.
- What has you scurrying around these days?
- What is the criteria you use to choose the correct gates?
- How have you found the richness of life?
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