Thursday, May 31, 2012

Take the High Road

 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7: 13,15

Abert Rim in Oregon (public domain)
I started a new walking program and hopefully I can keep it up. The best part is that it gets me off the treadmill and into the outdoors, which I love. But summer is coming on, and I’m in Texas, which means I have to walk in the evening or early morning because it’s too hot otherwise.

My husband calculated the trail I walk to be .7 miles. So if I walk back and forth several times I can easily walk two or three miles or even go for six. For years I ran a couple of miles every day but I’ve had such a brutal schedule the last two years I fell behind on running. Eventually, I’ll work back up to running, but for now, walking is good. 

The great thing is this path includes a couple of good hills and nothing gets your heart pumping like hills.  At one point during my walk I can choose to do the hill or take the easy way. But the hill, though more difficult, will yield greater results. 

I walked the hill this week and, as I started breathing harder and having to work for it, I thought about the phrase, ‘take the high road.’  The high road is the more difficult way. The saying generally refers to being moral, ethical, truthful, honorable and unselfish. But it’s more than that. It's being all of those things when life gets tough, which isn’t always so easy. The hill--and now I'm talking spiritually--is definitely the harder way to go, but again, it yields greater results.  

Thankfully God is always there with us. We can overcome any mountain with Him. When we are weak, He is strong, and there is nothing too difficult for Him. 


(On a side note: Abert Rim is the largest exposed fault in North America. Oregon Outback opens with my character hang-gliding from Abert Rim.)

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