“Therefore walk in the way of the good, And keep to the paths of the just.”Proverbs 2:20
The last thing my mother would say to me as I left the house to walk to school was “Be good.” Sure. Be good and be careful where you go. I knew the way to the white brick grade school perfectly. I could take several different ways as I walked the sidewalks of my hometown, all were safe. But of course, I could always stop and get some baseball cards, or buy a coke, or… Ah the temptations of a grade school boy!
Those words “be good” echo in my mind even today. And it is hard to be good. Someone cuts us out on 79. Really, 35 miles per hour? See any cops? And you know the drill. Temptation is always at hand. Frost’s poem echoes in my mind: “And I, I chose the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Of course we need God’s grace to “keep to the paths of the just.” And God will give that help to those who seek him. Do you remember a line from Harry Potter, whose author, Rowling, is of course a Christian. Dumbledore says to Harry, “Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.” And so it is with God. As we travel our ways in life, “Be good!”, and know that God’s help will always be given to those who ask for it. “Therefore walk in the way of the good.”