I pray everyone enjoyed and had a safe Memorial Day weekend. This morning, with the blinds opened and with the curtains drawn, I am reading Psalms 1, and in it, I stumble upon two men moving in two distinct and opposite directions and, as a result, having two different fates.
As a child, we are led – our hands are clutched and held tightly to make sure we stay on course. Our hands are held because they are concerned and want to protect us. They do not want us wondering away from them unnoticed, or darting out in front of a vehicle suddenly – we have not yet fully embraced a sense of danger or the impact acting compulsively can have. When we hold our child’s hand, we are saying, “First, I have authority – follow my lead. Second, I am here to guide you and show you the way – follow my lead. And finally, I will support you, you do not have to be afraid – follow my lead.”
From conception, our lives are shaped and contoured by our environments. Our sleep patterns, our diets, the way we see things are through the lens of others. We are defined only by the lives our parents or caregivers create for us. Our status is mapped out by them, not of our own choosing when we are a child. Even as we age, we still cannot always escape the residue of our environment because it plays a vital role in defining our core beliefs. The way we speak, the lingo we use, our faith, our ideas, what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior – we learn all from our parents first.
As we grow older, and we venture out into the world, we begin to form our own opinions and desire to try new things (good or bad). We begin to experience self-consciousness, we learn what types of food we like and dislike, we develop our own style in wardrobe choices, we begin choosing our own friends, and exploring our sexuality. During this time, our peers become very important to us, sometimes, more so than our parents, and we are greatly influenced by them – their opinions matter, we want to fit in. The home is no longer the central environment for learning and forming ideas. We discover that “My family’s way of life is not the only way of life.”
It is at this point that we become solely accountable and responsible for the steps that we take, the paths that we chose, and the decisions that we make. We cannot use our environment, or peer pressure, as a crutch to remain in unfavorable and detrimental lifestyles. There are 2Pathways | 2Destinies. There is the right way and the wrong way, the moral and the immoral, godly or ungodly, legal or illegal – it is all on me now. My pathway or the one that was mapped out for me?
So, what will be my fate?
The way of the godly, the righteous is laid out for him!
- Does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly;
- Does not stand in the way of sinners;
- Does not sit in the seat of the scornful;
- Delights in the law of the Lord: Meditates in it day and night;
- Like a tree planted by the rivers of waters;
- Will bring forth fruit in his season;
- His leaves shall not wither;
- Everything he does shall prosper;
The way of the ungodly, the unrighteous is laid out for him?
- Like the chaff which the wind blows away;
- Shall not stand in the judgment;
- Shall not stand in the congregation of the righteous;
- Their ways shall perish.
Proverb 14:11-12 “The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish. There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Chose your destiny for life and more importantly, for eternity!
2Pathways | 2Destinies ~~~ Yvonne James | https://www.yvonnejames.com