We have the responsibility to direct the course of our life – not to merely sit on the sidelines and allow life to just happen to us. And, to live by faith, means we must do this with God – following the Spirit’s call for our life even when it doesn’t make sense otherwise. This is the road less traveled.
It’s all too common to believe we must figure out life on our own, with God serving as our backup plan or safety net for whenever we run into trouble. And much of this seems wise and responsible, or simply the way life is supposed to be lived.
For instance, we decided on our own what careers and covenant relationships to pursue, where we were going to live, send our kids to school, and how we spent our money. And none of these were wrong or sinful per se. In fact, humanly speaking, these can be very good choices. But we tend to make them without considering what God might be up to in our story or where we might be leading us.
The road less traveled is keeping God at the center of our everyday life and decisions and not merely as an afterthought. This is not becoming passive, but it’s not relying on our own understanding and strength either.
Like Abraham, God might call us to new places or do things that seem crazy from a human perspective. And we risk missing out on a life of rich intimacy and adventure with God when we simply keep doing whatever seems right to us without actively keeping God at the center of it all.
In the end, don’t depend on your own understanding, but listen for God’s voice in everything you do. This is the road less traveled – leading to a richer life and deeper union with God.