Personal Development

The Narrow Way Forward

Narrow Path in the ForestI thought of this Bible verse today in church:

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. – Matthew 7:13-14

I felt a prompt from the Holy Spirit to share this with those who read my blogs, Facebook and other posts:

God has a new level for you to enter into in your job, career, family relationships or friendship relationships.  However, it’s a narrow way.  There will be sacrifice.  You and I must choose to stop or sacrifice some things and learn or start practicing new things.

This means change and few of us like change.  However, leadership trainer John Maxwell said, “To go up you must give up.”  We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect different results.  We must do something new in our job search, work habits, thinking or actions and attitudes toward others.

This verse says “few find it.”  I pray that you and I will be one of the few who are willing to make personal or relational changes to move to the next level.

Think about what this means to you.  What attitudes or ways of thinking must you change?  What habits must you change?  What relationships must you change?  What must you start doing that is a stretch for you?  What must you stop doing that is painful for you to give up?

This Narrow Gate is not forever; its a pathway leading you to an open and broad area where you can be more free, more effective, happier and please God in a greater way.  Don’t look at it as a constriction, but a temporary process to get you to where God wants you.  However, I think I can tell you with confidence and experience that these Narrow Ways will come frequently in your life.  Some choose it and move forward.  Some do not choose it and stay the same.

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