The Narrow Road

According to the Food Science and Human Nutrition division of Iowa State University, there are many incredible benefits to walking. They include:

– Improves efficiency of heart and lungs

– Burns body fat

– Helps relieve stress

– Slows aging

– Improves flexibility & posture

– Promotes restful sleep

(Full list here: http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/nutritionclinic/handouts/WalkingFactsBenefits.pdf)

For most of us, walking is not very hard at all—at least not physical walking. This month on The Heart of Teens, we will be examining another type of walking: the spiritual walk. Like babies, we struggle to figure out how to walk at first, but unlike children, we never fully master the Christian walk. There are also benefits to spiritual walking the correct way. These include:

– A joy-filled life

– Peace that passes all understanding

– A life not wasted

– Communion with Christ

I must warn you. The path that will be presented to you, the path that God has called us to take is not an easy one. Right now, you are young and have your life ahead of you. This is the time where you must make a decision. Set before you today are two roads:

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, inadvertently displays the viewpoint of one who is much further down the “road” than you or I.

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I…took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

Entering the narrow road is a counter-culture decision that will prove to be one of the hardest things you ever do. You will likely wish at times that you had just given in and taken the broad path. Perhaps you may even slide backwards toward that broad way, but don’t give in. I am proud to introduce the lineups of the articles for this month:

Walk in Prayer

Walk in Light

Walk by Faith

Walk in Love

Walk in the Newness of Life

Walk Properly

Walk in Truth

Walk as Christ Walked

Walk Worthy of the Lord and According to His Calling and Commandments

Walk in the Spirit

Walk in Wisdom

Walk in Unity

 

I look forward to being challenged by God through our amazing team of writers this month. I strongly urge you to pray about this decision that lies in front of you. Will you take the broad road or will you take the narrow road, the one less traveled? It makes all the difference.

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