Written by cycleguy on June 19th, 2016


Life is filled with opportunities to take shortcuts. They always offer the hope of a better way or easier way, but in the end simply wind up often destroying those who take the shortcut. Sad reality? Hindsight being 20/20 tells us we should have stuck to the marked trail instead of taking the unmarked one. As if often the case, the unmarked, unfamiliar trail is the one which often leads to destruction.

Solomon put it well: “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” Pr.16:29 (NLT)

During my study for this week’s message I ran across this story of the Donner Party. The shortcut ended up being a long cut.

Today is Father’s Day. While taking shortcuts takes in all of us, it most often is seen in men. A “get-rich scheme” here a tryst there. “I won’t get caught.”

Life offers us three trails: The Broad Trail. The Narrow Trail. And the Shortcut (which eventually dumps us into the Broad Trail.  There is no shame in taking the narrow trail, of having nothing to hide. The shame is in the doing and then hiding.

May we all take the Narrow Trail which leads to life, even if it the long way around.


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. floyd says:

    With you on the shortcuts, Bill. Been there, done that… they took my hat…

    Happy Father’s Day!

  2. Amen, Bill! Let us, by God’s grace, stay on the straight and narrow way.

  3. Lisa notes says:

    Yep. Guilty of taking a few shortcuts that ended up being much longer. Thanks for the encouragement to stay on the tried and true.

  4. Jeff says:

    As long as I get to define what is narrow and what is broad I am all for it. Short cuts are too often just wish thinking without any evidence to support the thinking.

  5. Betty Draper says:

    It takes little self discipline to take a short cut. Usually short cuts are about “self”, what makes me feel good now. That narrow way is hard but necessary to be a Godly father or mother. The narrow way means dying to self. Good thoughts Bill.