Guest Post

What is the Narrow Path?

The following is a guest post by author and friend Eric Eaton:

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“As long as we have only a vague feeling of discontent with our present way of living, and only an indefinite desire for ‘spiritual things’, our lives will continue to stagnate in a generalized melancholy. We often say, ‘I am not very happy. I am not content with the way my life is going. I am not really joyful or peaceful, but I just don’t know how things can be different, and I guess I have to be realistic and accept my life as it is.’ It is this mood of resignation that prevents us from actively searching for the life of the Spirit.” – Henri Nouwen

A Desire

At the depth of your soul, in the core of your very being is a desire.  This desire may be to make art or music, to be a better person or parent or to live life more fully or abundantly.  It does not matter how this desire manifests itself, but it is the realization this desire is burning in each and every one of us.

It is in the depths of our souls we all dream of a different, or even better, life.  We have a yearning in our soul we are missing something in our lives or we are traveling down the wrong path.  I do not believe this is by accident.  We are children of God who were made in his image and we were made to worship.  That yearning is our soul, our life, trying to find its way constantly back to Christ.  Jesus told us he came to not only give us life, but give it in abundance.  Yet as we live out the daily drudge of our lives we are not living nor understand how to live out an abundant life.

 I have spent over 20 years working as a consultant working in Fortune 500 companies finding ways to help them work better.  I also had an amazing, yet slightly misguided, stint as a pastor.  When I walked away from the ministry I went back into the business world with no intention of returning to any type of ministry.  I was done, it was too painful and I felt like I had failed the church, Christ and the community too much to do it again.  But I too am a child of God created in his image, for his purpose, and while I may have left that ministry, the desire to live in him, the desire to be more, to live a more purposeful life in him never left me.  I just had to find it again.

The Roadblock

Our greatest hurdle to the abundant life, is we live in a fallen world.  We are distracted by the many “shiny” objects that get in our way in the forms of money, fame, the right looks, having the right possessions. The message from the world is if we just get more then we will be satisfied, “too much is never enough” as the MTV slogan used to say.  In searching for something to fill the void we fill our lives with all these things that do nothing more than keep us wanting for more.  All the while we are expending an extremely large amount of energy, time and resources on those items that we think will fill our hearts.  Yet the yearning is still there.

When I walked away from the church I thought if I could just make more money, get a bigger house and a new car then I can live out my life my way and everything would be fine.  But I was wrong.  Even though I did accomplish those things in abundance, I was not living the abundant life in Christ.  My life was not better, but I bought into the lie that these things would make my life more fulfilling.

Jesus says  ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”(John 14:6)  The only way to fill the void is through Christ, is complete and utter dedication to pouring all of our resources into this one single pursuit.  This is the Ramblin Life, a life lived off the mainstream wide path to pursue Christ and what he wants for our lives and not what we think is best. One of the definitions of rambling is to “take the irregular path”.  The path that others will not, the path that is likely more difficult, treacherous and possibly painful.  But the path that can bring the adventure our lives could never even imagine and our hearts desire.

The words of Jesus remind us that “narrow the road that leads to life” (Matthew 7:13).  If we are going to live all out for Christ, then we need to be able to commit to the narrow path.   We have to believe that there is a bigger story out there than we have ever, or could ever imagine, but we have to have faith and trust God does know and has a better plan for our lives.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not try to figure it our for yourselves and He will keep your path straight (Prov 3:5-6, paraphrased).  There are too many distractions in our lives that can take us off track if we do not keep our eyes on Christ, and eventually we will wander on the broad path.  But if we trust he has a much better plan for our lives than we could ever think, dream or imagine we will stay on the straight, but narrow, path.  The same path which leads to life.

Challenge

Are you ready for The Ramblin’ Life?  Are you ready to live a life soaked in Christ where streams of LIVING water will flow out of you?  It will not be easy, but you rarely get to see the best views from the tops of the mountain when you stay on the broad path.

What are you hearing from the depths of your soul?  When you listen to the depths of your heart what is it saying?  What is Christ calling you up to that you have been denying?

About the Author

Eric has over 20 years experience in leadership development, ministry and business consulting. He works in the capacity as speaker, author and coach. He also has a passion to see others follow their own path and write a new story on their lives.

He is married with 3 children living in the mountains of Colorado and enjoys great conversation over a good cup of coffee.

2 thoughts on “What is the Narrow Path?

  1. Hey there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok.

    I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

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