Written by cycleguy on July 28th, 2016


“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”  (Doc Brown in Back to the Future)

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost in “The Road Not Taken.”

When I started working on this sermon a couple of months ago, I had the Scripture (Psalm 1), came up with the title, then allowed my mind to drift (that happens quite often actually) when a song came to my mind: “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles. I hadn’t heard it in a number of years and thought maybe I could use it. Aaaaah no. The morals and language are atrocious so while I stuck with the title I made the wise (but easy) decision not to include the song. 🙂  My title? “Life in Which Lane?”

Psalm 1 gives two very distinct and two very divergent lanes to choose to walk. I’m not sure there is a clearer distinction made anywhere else in Scripture with this clear-as-a-bell comparison. Simply put: Righteous vs. Unrighteous. Godly vs. Ungodly.


Update: the group in New Orleans has had a hot, sweaty, and sometimes very wet week. They were able to finish the shed which another group had started for the 2nd Rose of Sharon Church. Half of today and all of Friday is a free day to visit and look around. They will be making the long trip home on Saturday.

Please pray for both the sermon and their safety. Thanks.


11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Linda Stoll says:

    I bet you’ll be so glad when Jo walks through that door!


    • cycleguy says:

      Honestly? Don’t think I’ll be awake. they expect to get in very late Saturday/early Sunday morning. I have to preach. Up late and preaching do not mix for me. I’ll open an eye and acknowledge then close them again.

  2. Love the title of your sermon, Bill, and I know your message will inspire those who hear it.
    Will pray for that and for Jo’s safe travel home.

  3. Sounds like a good one. Praying for you and the group returning home. Blessings to you, Bill!

  4. floyd says:

    Praying for both, Bill.

    Now that Joe Walsh guitar riff is gonna be stuck in my head all day…

  5. Jeff says:

    I am not a big Eagles fan and I agree the song doesn’t particularly complement your message. I don’t think the song is advocating a particular morality and the language is far from atrocious. Maybe it is the sexual reference but I guess you would have to be a certain kind of Christian to find that anything but normal.
    As for Psalm I 100% agree as long as I get to decide what righteous and ungodly mean. It is best to define what your words mean if there is to be any real conversation. I am guessing your definition and mine and a 1000 others may not be the same on godly and righteous.

    • cycleguy says:

      After studying the song some more I did mention it. I did mention the use of God’s name in vain but I also mentioned it was about two people who chose the fast lane and in the end it destroyed them. I allowed the chapter to speak for itself. I didn’t have to make up what was godly and ungodly. The psalmist does it for us. thanks for the comment and your honesty Jeff.

  6. TC Avey says:

    Psalm 1 makes it very clear we have to decide which road to travel. There’s no “middle road” and no short cuts we can take. Sadly far too few Christians read the Bible enought to know this.

    I enjoy reading Frost.