The view from the top

Every day we’re faced with choices about what route we’re going to take. These come in the form of decisions. A lot of them are simple. You don’t even have to think about them.

But there are also difficult choices. These are choices like whether to do the right thing or the easy thing; whether to stand up for someone who is being treated unfairly or look the other way; or whether to sacrifice some of your energy and love for some greater purpose.

It’s easy to make the choice that makes life easier for you in the short term. But life isn’t about being easy. In fact, if you want to be wiser, have stronger relationships, and be closer to God, it’s often going to take work. Proverbs 13:4 (NLT) says, “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”

I really enjoy watching some of those old T.V. episodes of The Walton’s—not because they represent a better or more faithful era, but because so many of the episodes are about developing personal integrity.

One of the characters was Grandpa Walton. He didn’t just live on the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, they lived in him. And one of his expressions went like this:

When you come to a mountain there’s two things you can do. You can either go around it or climb over it. The first way is easiest, but you miss the view from the top.”

When it comes to the decisions you have to make, some of them seem like mountains—big and intimidating. The question you need to ask yourself is this: What route are you going to take?

When you come to a mountain there’s two things you can do. You can either go around it or climb over it. The first way is easiest, but you miss the view from the top.”

By Matthew Ruttan

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