It mus be admitted that, in its first stages, the broad way is generally easy and rather delightful. The boat launched on the flowing stream sweeps merrily and pleasantly along, the gradient of the road slopes so as to make walking easy, the sun shines, and the path is filled with bright flowers. But to a life given up to self-indulgence, there is only one end–destruction.
There is a more excellent way, but it is too narrow to admit the trailing garments of passionate desire, too narrow for pride, self-indulgence, greed, and avarice–it is the Way of the Cross, but it leads to Life! We all want to see life–and the remarkable thing is that those who expect to get most out of it by self-indulgence miss everything; whilst those who seem to curtail their lives by following Christ, win everything.
Few find and enter this path, is the lament of our Lord. Let us put our hand in His, that He may lead us into the path of life, “that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
F. B. Meyer
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