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This life is filled with choices: there are highways going in every direction, wherever you want to go, you can get there. Most people when asked will say they believe they are on the right path in life, but we must remember that life offers many highways.
First we have open highways where people live life pressing the gas pedal: full speed ahead! The journey on the open highway is all about the destination and how fast we can get there; the attitude of this highway is "get out of my was so I can get where I want to be." It's a selfish journey focused on an end result and missing what is happening along the way. Are you so focused on what you want that you are missing the important things along the way?
Second we have the crowded highway: the road with alll the traffic. People see this life option and think "well everyone else is going this way, it must be the right road!" They join with the crowd and get lost in the shuffle. They must keep moving or someone will push them out of the way and take their spot. Are you choosing where your life is going based on where the crowd is leading you?
Third we have seasonal highways, these are roads that in the summer are swamped with traffic and in the winter are scarce. This is when we make decisions for our lives based on what season we are in: we take whatever road fits our emotions at the time. This is living a life controlled by circumstances. This is a life focused on what feels good, not what is good!
Finally we have Heaven's highway, which the Word calls the straight and narrow way. It is a journey of purpose and one constructed by Jesus. The only road where the end destination is Heaven, the only road to eternal glory! We cannot take the highways this world offers and expect to end up here! This world wants to offer all sorts of answers about how we should live and what the journey should look like, but we need to desire the road that leads us to foot of the cross. The cross is the only entrance ramp: its the original place of grace. Jesus makes it easy: He says its one way! This road is not promised to be easy or without commitments: you must pay tolls allow the way with faith, repentance and baptism. You must lef the Holy Spirit guide you to reach this destination, you can no longer just drive how ever you see fit. Jesus said this highway is straight and narrow so that we will not get lost! Once we are on it, we can follow it! His Word will keep us from veering off into the wrong direction.
There are highways going in all directions: the fast track, the way of the crowd or the seasonal highway guided by our emotions. We can chose any of those paths, or we can chose the best constructed highway leading towards the greatest promise mankind has been given" an eternal life with our Savior. This road has no potholes, no traffic, no one is left behind and no one get lost! What highway are you traveling on? Will you be the few who find the straight and narrow?