The other day I came upon two bridges. I had to make a quick decision as to which one to take or risk crashing into the concrete barrier which divided them. I quickly recalled my final destination, and I took a hard turn of the wheel to guide me towards home.

We cannot walk on two bridges at once. As Believers, we must choose the path which leads us farther down the road towards Christ Jesus. Life’s highways are littered with small talk, negativity, and distraction. When we give too much attention to boorish and indifferent people, we often forget the old saying: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” (Edmund Burke). “Nothing” is a form of action; a barrier which separates us from God’s strength and guidance. Often, the greatest “something” we can do is to get our mind and heart focused on our final destination: to live from a Christ-like perspective; to pack lightly on earth while leaving bold footpaths of faith for His kingdom.

There seems to be so much unsettling in society’s moral mapping that the foundation of the world’s roads has begun to show signs of discernable wear, some deceptively slight and others like potholes upon a truck without shocks. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves in life’s dark ditch because we set our reactions and passions upon the wrong road: we become led by reactive emotion and selfishness rather than by the Lord’s generous grace.

Emotions can be so deceptive, and selfishness cradles wounded emotion like a bear to her cub. Therefore, we must fortify ourselves spiritually to prepare for the journey rather than try to fortify the world’s roads on our own. The roads will continue to be unsettling until we are reunited with Jesus, even if a smooth path is our course today. As we all know, life gives us the unexpected. To prepare ahead of time which bridge you will cross can make all the difference: the bridge of God’s love, grace, and peace or the bridge of fear, discontent, and reactiveness. To not prepare is to choose the latter.

“A highway will be there; it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it … nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there….” (Isaiah 35:8-9). Yes, upon this roadway we will be safe, even from our desire to selfishly react to our wounds and our wisdom, as we will be gently guided by the Way of Christ Jesus.

To know Who our guide is makes all the difference in the journey. By preparing our heart and mind for the Lord’s will through a steady prayer life, a focused thankfulness for what Christ has done and continues to do, and simply being grounded in the Word, we will most definitely point ourselves in the right way: a redeemed and righteous eternal life with our Lord.

Be blessed and travel well in His love, grace, and peace, my friends.

SGLY, dear reader.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. You can find her newly released books, “H.E.R.O. Faith” and “Bad Disciples” on Amazon. To submit feedback on SGLY, please contact news@amtrib. com.