Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


May 14, 2010

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood..." starts Robert Frost's "The Road Less-Travelled." "And that has made all the difference." Many of us want to live lives that are "different," yet we do the same.

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
- John 8:32 TNIV

I was reading again and praying from The Valley of Vision prayerbook. It speaks of two roads:
Teach me that if I do not live a life that satisfies thee, I shall not live a life that will satisfy myself.
Road #1, the road often taken, that of personal preference, and "what I want to do."
Road #2, a road much less taken, "Lord, what would you have me to do? I will obey you in spite of my lesser longings."

Self-satisfaction, happiness, prays the Puritan, never comes from self-indulgence. God's saints tell us one thing, the world around us offers quite different counsel. Who's right? The Puritans or the word on the street? Seldom will we have a clearer choice. "The truth will set us free."

Dale Patterson