Matthew 7:13-14, "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."
My very next thought near the end of reading this is this: what I want more than anything is for my children to be on the narrow path. A smaller rather than a larger life makes sense. How I would hate to broaden their horizons so much that the wide and broad way should call to them. How I would hat to not be faithful in the "small" things of domestic life and training that the wide and broad road would seem appealing to them.
The wide way always holds some appeal for us, some perceived ease or pleasure. My job is to make the narrow way laced with joy and happiness plus a desire and heart for truth that the appeal loses its power and its draw.
Matthew 17:20, "...'I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard see, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there." and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'"
Oh, the things in front of me as a mother that seem like mountains, oh how weak my faith is. Mustard seeds are really tiny and that much faith can move mountains - wow!
Ok, great - all this is helpful and convicting and wonderful truth - but now what?
To be continued tomorrow ...