In Psalm 23 we hear of the LORD leading us in 'paths of righteousness.' Paths are interesting things if you have ever noticed. How is it that designers set out their concrete sidewalks for pedestrians only for the pedestrians to take their own shortcuts, thus creating paths? We like our own paths, but the LORD has laid out for us the paths that are life and love. Often I thought that staying on the LORD's path involved alot of not doing the NO-NOs. Unfortunately this required too much thinking about the NO-NOs. I think it was Mark Twain who said something like, "If you spend all your time doing the do's of the Bible you would not have any time to do the don'ts." Another way to say that is if you learn to obsess on the beauty, love, joy, and hope of the LORD you will not stray from the paths of righteousness. St. Paul says this in Philippians.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Phil 4.8,9 New King James Version
May you walk the Path of Beauty today.
LORD in your Mercy, Brian+