Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Road Less Traveled

Modern Christ-followers often want the #NarrowRoad to be the familiar path, the one that most people seem to be walking. We tend to follow the lead of those who have gone before us more closely that the leadings of the Savior, when in fact the #NarrowRoad is nearly always the road less traveled. Nothing explains this better than the amazing poem The Road Not Taken by the late Robert Frost. Read it below, no matter how many times you have read it before. Soak in it. And understand that the path Jesus calls us to is a path that is not well worn, for so few dare to journey on it. It is not well marked, nor is it easily followed. To paraphrase G.K. Chesterton, "The #NarrowRoad has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried." We are called to choose the rugged road that leads to a rugged cross. We are called to follow Jesus.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

Jesus makes all the difference. And loving the way he loved continues to be the road less traveled. Amen.


  1. Ah! That is like a breath of fresh air. I think I need to print that poem out and read it regularly. Thanks!

    1. It always hits me that way too. My high school chorus sang that poem at my graduation and I have never forgotten it.


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