Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
– Robert Frost
In the poem, “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost said he couldn’t travel both roads in the wood. Neither can the Christian. Once a person puts his trust in Christ, he comes to a crossroads and must choose which path he will take. He is not choosing between Heaven and Hell. Instead, he chooses between living for Christ and living for himself. While the carnal Christian follows the path the world has made popular, the committed Christian sets his sights on the road less traveled. After choosing their respective courses, the chances are they won’t retrace their steps and change roads. The first choice makes all the difference.
You could be a young person who is new in the faith and uncertain which path to take. I encourage you to follow the footsteps of well-traveled Christians who have already made up their minds about which path they will take. If you are a mature Christian, do your part to help new believers navigate the spiritual crossroads they are facing. Show them why their first choice makes all the difference.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder