Unfortunately I forgot to put the trash out this past week, so I had to take the trash to the dump on Saturday afternoon. When I pulled up to the dump, everyone was lined up in the right lane. Meanwhile the left lane had no cars in it. I’ll have to admit at first I pulled right up behind the last car in the right lane, but once I noticed what was going on, I moved over to the left lane and passed everyone on the right. I dropped off my trash and, as I was leaving, everyone was still lined up in the right lane while no one was in the left lane.
It is human nature to follow. We don’t ask questions. We don’t look around to see what is going on. Most of the time we don’t even think for ourselves. We just take our spot in line with everyone else. It’s almost if we are programmed that way. As if it’s built into our inherent nature. Why is that? Why would we rather follow suit instead of breaking free from the pattern and process?
One reason is the theory of the “path with least resistance vs. path less traveled.” We would rather follow everyone else down the path that is comfortable, familiar, and least painful. It takes courage, faith, and a lot of intestinal fortitude to travel down the path that is uncertain, painful, and full of obstacles. It’s a whole lot easier to follow the pattern than to blaze your own trail.
The problem with this line of thinking and way of living is, as crazy as it sounds, we weren’t created to fit in but we were made to stand out. 1 Peter 2:9 says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” The word “holy” means “set apart.” We were created to think outside of the box. There were no boundaries, limits, or any ceiling put on our lives. We are free to stand out and not forced to try to fit in.
Quit settling for the mundane. Quit following down the predictable path just because that is the journey that everyone is on. Break free from the mold. Blaze your own trail. Take a step of faith today.