Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path
Psalm 119:105

When we begin new seasons in life, we envision specific outcomes. For example, newlyweds often share dreams of the quintessential home with a yard, treehouse, and a white picket fence. When we have our first child, we envision raising a young man or woman who loves God and people, is well-adjusted, and independent.

Yes, at the onset of any new beginning, we envision how we would like things to turn out. We intend to make our dreams a reality, and in many cases, we succeed. But too often, life has a way of preventing these intentions from becoming a reality. Why?

One likely reason is that we were pointed in the wrong direction before we even started our journey. Or perhaps we started in the right direction, but somewhere along the way chose alternate paths in life that quietly and over time, actually lead us further away from our destination.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many” Matthew 7:13

To start in the right direction, we must look to God.

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;” Psalm 37:23

If you’ve already headed down the wrong path, thanks to God’s amazing grace, it’s never too late to stop where you are and ask for His help to find a way out.

“In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6

And the only way to ensure we stay on a path guaranteed to take us where we should be, and where God wants us to end up, is to apply His Word to our daily lives and strive to be more like Christ every day.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

So do not lean on your good intentions to get you where you want to go. Lean on God to show you the way in all areas of life. Only then can you rest assured that you’re on the straight and narrow path, headed in the right direction in life and guaranteed the promise of eternal salvation.

“For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Matthew 7:14


Today’s author is Mark Henderson. He is the founder and host of The Inspired Legacy Podcast.