The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. Proverbs 16:17

We all do things that we wish we could have a “do over”. Just this week a friend thought they could get into a parking place by driving up on a mound of snow. Well, that snow mound was actually an ice mound! After tearing up his fender he wished he had a “do over”, to re-think his decision on where to park.

Oh, how it breaks my heart to hear a news story of a young person that commits their way into violence with reckless abandonment. They seem to have just let all decency and common sense leave their minds. They seem to just abandon anything safe or just. I always wonder what happens in their lives and minds to set them in that direction. They are on the wrong highway of life. They probably wish they had a “do over”.

We all get off on different “highways” in our lives. Drivers get on highways for a variety of reasons; to avoid traffic lights, stop signs, and pedestrians in crosswalks; to get where they are going faster and even to avoid some neighborhoods considered dangerous. Staying on the perimeter is often considered to be the better route.

In our scripture today, according to the writer of this proverb, avoiding evil certainly is the safest choice. Every time he lets pride take him down local streets, he heads toward destruction. He ends up running into all kinds of traffic lights and stop signs in life. But when he calls out to the Lord, God’s grace comes to rescue him every time, and God guides him back to the highway where there is wisdom and understanding.

We can choose to drive on the highway of wisdom and understanding toward the life that God has planned for us or we can drive on the local streets of pride and arrogance that lead toward destruction and a fall. What we cannot do is drive on both at the same time.

Our prayer should be that God will fill us with His wisdom and understanding so that we can stay safe and close to Him. Which route will you choose? Think about it!

PRAYER TIME: There are many unspoken prayer requests! Please pray for the many that are facing serious illnesses and need a touch of the Master’s hand. As always, pray for Israel. There are still several urgent prayer requests that need our prayers! God knows who they are. Continue to pray for protection as we battle the pandemic. Keep praying for those that are still fighting COVID-19 and the new variant. Continue to pray for businesses that try to stay open and find help, for many unspoken requests, for our Military, our Nation and leaders, and a ray of hope for those in prison.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Mike Barfoot and Barney Hampton on Feb. 11, to Kevin Troyer and Karen Winkler on Feb. 12, to Joyce Stines on Feb. 14, to Jim Greene on Feb. 15, and to Lauren Davis on Feb.16. May the Lord bless you all in His most wondrous and serendipitous way!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO: Frank and Sarah McLane on Feb.15. May the Lord bless you with many more years together!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “When life gets tough, choose to be tougher!”

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