July 17, 2013"Road Trip"
Have you ever noticed that as soon as you commit to a positive change for your life, life just loves to challenge your resolve by trying to derail you? For instance, commit to going on a diet and your favorite ice cream goes on sale! Commit to walking two miles a day and your treadmill goes out! Commit to not getting any more dogs, for now, and the cutest, neediest little pup shows up on your doorstep! Yep, that's me.
Recently, I committed to "moving forward" with my life, i.e., not focusing on the negative or allowing myself to be derailed by others. The truth is, I don't need a lot of help to be derailed. But now, when I find that happening, I say to myself "moving forward." It helps me get refocused on my walk with Jesus and where I want to go, not where I've been.
I recently heard someone say, "When things are going your way, take the 'High Road' when it comes to dealing with people, instead of responding in kind when they are negative to you." I thought that was great advice, and since I feel particularly blessed, I decided to commit to that, and have been working on it. However, easier said than done.
The ironic thing is, right in the middle of sharing my new "High Road Commitment" with someone this week, they came back at me with something negative! Whoa! Derailed momentarily, I briefly veered from the High Road and took the Middle Road with my comeback. I actually was a little proud of myself since I REALLY wanted to take the Low Road. Thankfully, though, my new resolve kept me from saying something hurtful (even though true), which would have moved no one forward.
So I was thinking…
It all comes down to The Golden Rule (which we should abide by no matter HOW things are going in our life). It's not just not doing bad to others, it's taking the initiative to do good! If we do that, it will make it much easier to stay on the High Road, which in the Bible is called "The Narrow Way."
"In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:12-14