Scenic Route - Monday's Dose - 19th March 2012

Monday's Dose - 19th March 2012

Scenic Route

"O Lord; I try to walk a straight and narrow path of doing what is
right; therefore in mercy save me." - Psalm 26:11b (TLB).

There is an old saying that the shortest way between two points is a
straight line. Usually, when I want to go somewhere that is quite a
distance away, I telephone the Auto Club and ask for a "trip tick".
The standard response is, "Do you want the shortest and fastest route
or the scenic route?" I usually ask for one way going, and the other
way coming back.

Usually the fastest and most direct route is as close to a straight
line as the roads will allow. The scenic route has curves and more
secondary roads, and leads through towns and villages.

As a driver, I love to take the scenic route if I have time. There is
great pleasure, for me, in a slower drive and a chance to see new
territory -- the opportunity to visit a little bakery or antique
store in a small town. I love to wander through the countryside and
be able to pull off when I want and maybe explore a small gravel road.

Life, though, is different from a drive in the country. We are asked
to get to places and do things as fast as possible. Life doesn't
usually give us the time to take those small side trips and enjoy the
quiet times.

As Christians, are we being asked by Jesus to take the straight
route? I think that that is self-explanatory: the straight and narrow
road is the way to salvation. But the straight and narrow road that
Jesus talks about is not necessarily the same route as the world
talks about.

But in another sense, Jesus does expect us to take the scenic route,
the route that leads us to interact with other people, the route that
may lead us from our comfortable and predictable lives to a mission
field in some faraway country, the route that gives us time to
volunteer with different organizations that help others in our world.

As a Christian, one of my strongest callings is not only to my
church, but also to my volunteer position at a drug and alcohol
rehabilitation facility. Jesus has called me to come, as a spiritual
advisor, into the lives of men and women who are shunned by many in
the outside world because they are down and out.

So, if Jesus does call us to take a scenic route through our lives,
we shouldn't be afraid to follow Him. He will guide us along those
roads which not only give us the time to visit and work with people,
but also give us time to be with our God and to give Him praise and

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You that Your ways are not the
ways of the world. We thank You that You give us chances to get off
the fast route and to take the scenic route through life. You give us
the chance to be with others of Your children, and You give us the
time and opportunity to relax and praise You for who You are. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I
Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Monday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team