The Road less traveled
The Road Not Taken
BY ROBERT FROST
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
In college I was a English minor and I have always loved literature, the classics and also I have a love of poetry. One of my all time favorites is Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken”. This poem discusses there being more than one road and that we are face with a choice as to which road to travel in life. In life we often face with such a decision but it can be decision made between multiple paths or roads to choose to travel. Life is never in short supply of choices and things to choose from. I have always loved this poem for its simplicity, beauty and truth that rings through it. While the choices we make in our life may be simple yet important and profound but the process of making such choices often feels very complicated. There is no way out of making choices one must chose and hope to choose well. For not choosing a road to travel is a choice in and of itself. As we all start out in life on our own individual life journey we all must chose the path we will travel and which direction will be the course of our life’s homey.
In immense consideration of one’s multiple profound choices to take in his or her life’s journey in the midst of this overwhelming process and choices one can feel a sense of lostness and confusion. It is often in life when considering what to choose one must have a method for choosing and weighting one’s options. It seems to me from my life’s experience that one’s priorities in life will influence which decision he or she makes. Moreover those decision influenced by one’s priorities will influence which road they indeed pick to travel or not travel. In the poem by Robert Frost one’s priorities would determine if they chose to take the road that is most traveled or to take the road that is not taken by most. Another thing that might go into ones process of deciding which path for their lives they which to travel is to understand and know what it would require or to be to walk and travel a particular road or not.
As a traveler through this life should we as individuals consider making choices that are in the direct opposite of Scripture, should we not consider what Jesus would do. In seeking to make our individual decisions do we chose what is not pure, what is not godly, what is not good, and what is not true. In making decisions should we seek what is unjust, to hate mercy and to be prideful. When making our choices do we not seek to choose what is put forth in the BeAttitudes, and to ignore the Great Commandments (Matt 22: 37 – 40 or Ten Commandments (Ex 20) and the Great Commission (Matt 28: 18 – 20). In making our own choices in life and that will influence the course of our own path and the road we will travel should we instead seek to choice what is pure, what is good, what is just, what is noble, what is true, and what is lovely (Phil 4: 8). In making decisions should we seek to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). Should when making our choices that seek to choose what is put forth in the BeAttitudes (Matthew 5:3 – 11, and to follow the Great Commandments (Matt 22: 37 – 40 and Ten Commandments (Ex 20) and the Great Commission (Matt 28: 18 – 20). May we always in choices consider ‘What Would Jesus Do’ to help to guide us to the rights choices that will move our feet to travel the path that Godly and righteous as we travel our Fatih journey. If choosing the later then we are choosing the path that is less traveled by individuals.
In our reflection on the choices we make that contribute and influence the course our path will take that we travel we need to understand what it means when we choose a certain path to travel. We must choose for ourselves which path to travel for we are given free will. We and we alone can make this choice for ourselves and life and faith journey. If we choose the later path we need to know what it means to chose such a path. We need to underhand and know how to count the cost that comes with making such a decision to follow and travel the later path. In chasing what is less traveled that decision and path is often less popular and not easy road to travel or journey. It often comes with many hardships but let this not be counted for not for it is a worthwhile journey to travel. What choices will you choose and thus influence what path you will travel and road you will travel and journey in your life and faith. May we as individuals understand the meaning of each road that we can chose and may we count the cost or our choices. When we are the two roads and have to chose may we seek to choose, travel and stay true to the road less traveled. May we always travel the road we are called to as individual followers and believers of our Lord Jesse Christ and Savior as we travel on our own faith journey.