There is a teaching by Jesus in the book of Matthew that describes two roads. One is narrow and the other is wide. Jesus expounds by saying the narrow road leads to life! There is also a wide road to destruction/death. Notice that Jesus doesn’t use the words “should” or “shouldn’t” in describing what path to take. He merely presents us with two choices. Christians often focus on the words should and shouldn’t. However, I have a really hard time finding Jesus telling us anywhere that we “should” or “shouldn’t” do anything.
Yet as Christians, we tend to overemphasize the words should and shouldn’t. We often tell ourselves, “I should read, go to church, and pray.” Or “I should visit my neighbor and be kind,” and “I should forgive myself.” And we look at other people and say, “The government shouldn’t do this, and my neighbor shouldn’t do that. My sister shouldn’t do this, and my kids shouldn’t do that.” I think there’s something about the words should and shouldn’t that gets us into a trap. According to Jesus, there are two roads. We have a choice.
Friend, Jesus laid before you real life and death choices: Triumph or disaster, prosperity or poverty, joy or regret. It’s these choices that are laid before you. So today, choose life! If you say, “I just don’t feel alive anymore,” then choose life and choose the hard things that lead to it. It’s a narrow road and few will find it, but you can do it. Don’t be like everyone else. If you do what everyone else does, you get what everyone else gets. You can do something different. You can follow Christ!