What Do I Do Now? A Word for the Crossroads of Life

Ah... that moment when you have to make a BIG decision. We've all been there. It could be about choosing a life partner. It could be about deciding on a career, deciding where to live, or deciding what to believe. 

You know, from an early age, my dad introduced me to poetry, and I find sometimes that poetry - whether it be written or performed through music - can sometimes express the heart more than words alone. 

Check out one of my favorites, the classic "Two Roads" by Robert Frost:

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.

That is one of my favorite poems. It talks about decisions, about paths in our life, how "way leads to way" and in the end it does make all the difference which way we turn.  And that we don't always have to take the same road everyone else takes...we can take the one "less travelled by". 

There's a great quote by author and 19th century environmentalist John Muir and it says:

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." 

I love that. It's saying that sometimes we have to forge our own paths. 

The bible calls us to holiness, and that word doesn't mean that we put on airs and try to be all self-righteous and pompous, what it actually means (in the original wording) is to be uncommon

We're called to be uncommon. 

Dare to be different. Dare to be uncommon.

And whatever you do, never disqualify yourself. 

You don't have to be Harvard educated. Jesus called both the learned scholar Paul and the hometown fisherman Peter to do great things. It doesn't matter what your background is, what happened yesterday, or what people say. You are called according to his purpose. 

Arise, shine, for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD rises upon you. 

Go. Do what's in your heart. You can

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