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A Marked Path

Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Proverbs 4:25 NLT

We’re all on a path. One of those paths is life itself. For each of us that will look somewhat different depending on where our respective path takes us. Our whole life is following paths that we hope are marked in some way.

“The Appalachian Trail is one of the world’s longest continuously marked footpaths, covering roughly 2,180 miles. It follows the valleys and crests of the Appalachian mountain range through fourteen states, from Georgia to Maine.”

First, let me say hats off to anyone that hikes that entire trail or even a portion of it. I have some friends who have hiked large portions of the Appalachian Trail. They tell me it’s marked with white paint markers all along the way, as well as the occasional sign. I’ve not always been good with directions so I’m sure these markers are most helpful.

Then there are paths that are not so literal but more metaphorical in nature. One’s spiritual journey is often seen as a path. Career, self-discovery, education, family, relationships, etc. all can be viewed as paths. I feel like I’ve been on a particular path of personal and spiritual discovery the past few years. Along the way, I have often felt lost but what I didn’t realize when I began this leg of my journey, was that it was marked all along. I thought I was just going where the wind leads me but apparently, I was just following the markers. I can see the markers clearly now, I guess they were always in my peripheral vision and I just didn’t recognize it.

This leads me to the point I want to make, whether it’s literal or metaphorical, keep your eyes on the path. Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted and get off the marked path. Be aware of where you’re going. Take the time to enjoy the scenery. Look for the markers and “aha” moments. But most importantly, make sure you’re going in the right direction for you. Make sure you are doing what’s best for you.

The next few months I’m going be following a path I’m really excited about. I’m going be working through Ecclesiastes chapter 3 from the Bible and writing about time. I’ll take a verse a week and blog based on personal experience and insights. I chose Ecclesiastes because I love the wisdom found in it’s passages. I know some of my readers may not be of Christian persuasion and that’s ok. I’ve found that Ecclesiastes and Proverbs are full of wisdom most anyone can apply to this modern life we live whether religious or not.

So that’s where I am and if you follow my blog that’s where we’ll be for most of the rest of this year. I hope you’ll follow this journey with me. I expect to find inspiration and hope so that I can share my perspective with you along this path as we walk together.

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