When you come to a fork in the road....take it.
A Yogi-ism - anything that can be confusing, probably is. The late Yogi Berra was know as much for his strange quotes as his baseball playing. You have heard some of his famous quotes and probably chuckled. Me too! The title of this post along with a couple more like these, "You can observe a lot by just watching." or "You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours." was his way of understanding his world. Vagueness, common sense, and a hint of convolutedness always seemed to permeate from Yogi's quotes.
I've often thought Yogi's quote about the "fork in the road" had appeal, then thought better of it after reading "The Road Not Taken, Frost".
Trying to be all things to all people and doing everything simultaneously is a no-win situation. One has to decide the best path forward and then follow it. Looking back in regret at a path not chosen is an option but not a very good one. What guiding principle can we rest on to help us make good decisions? Integrity seems to rise to the surface when considering choice-making.
"The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
(Proverbs 11:3, NIV)
Recently in our Wednesday Bible study we discussed the author's mention of a concept about traveling through life. We all agreed the quote was spot on! Fuquay, in his work The God We Can Know, shared this quote from Lance Nitahara, " it's not about the destination but the journey." You see, Lance had just won the prize money on the TV show "Chopped" and quickly offered his winnings to the loser who had hoped to win in order to visit her dying mother in Europe. Nitahara had hit a home run with his win and then the gift of grace to his opponent.
Friends, we are all on a journey and each day presents possible new avenues to take. How we decide the best route may be as easy as pie or as difficult as remembering all the digits of Pi.
(3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510) Here are the first 50, for those who are bored.
The best case scenario for us is to seek wisdom and act with integrity in moving forward. The worst case scenarion would include a mind bent on duplicity. Here, we choose to do all things and go two different directions at the same time. Tried that once and hated it.....
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways
acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)
Choose the path that leads you to God. It will have made all the difference.