Have you ever had trouble trying to figure out which way is the way for you to go? Is it easier for you to follow the crowd or for you to follow your own path?
I know that the easy thing to do is to follow the crowd. Do what everyone else is doing. Go with the flow; let popular opinion be your guide.
If you follow the crowd, there will be very little risk. For the most part you will be kept safe in the knowledge that you will be doing very little to make yourself stand out from everyone else. But is that the right thing to do? It certainly sounds like the safest thing to do, doesn’t it?
Following the crowd means taking a path that is for the most part well travelled, smooth and straight; the path of least resistance. By following the road most travelled you are going where countless numbers of people have gone before.
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of America’s greatest poets. His poems brought a powerful poetic consciousness to to the hearts and minds of the American people, and also to the people of the world. His poems touch the inner life.
What path you choose to follow truly does involve your inner life. Doing the popular thing may satisfy you for a while, but it will not last. The result will be following one popular trend after another. And there will be restlessness in your soul.
In what is probably one of his most well known poems The Road Not Taken Robert Frost describes a walk in the woods. He comes to a fork in the road and considers which path he should follow. One path is well worn and the other is not. Considering which path to follow he writes:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I believe that this gives us a reminder of the importance of following your own path instead of being influenced by popular opinion.
But why would taking the road less travelled make any difference in your life?
The road less travelled presents the opportunity to build character, perseverance and integrity into your life. You figure things out for yourself, stand out from the crowd and say to the world “I am following my own path!”
And you will not be alone. If you trust in God and in His mighty love, He will guide you on your path to the place He wants you to be. When you trust in God, your path and His path for you will become one and the same. You will not follow the crowd, but your own path, the one set out for you before the beginning of time.
However, you have a choice — you can go with the flow and take the road well travelled, or you can take the one less travelled by — the road less travelled. The choice is up to you. Which will it be?