The phrase “Walk The Line” is known throughout the world as a phrase of endurance, steadfastness, and honor. It is something that many of us strive to achieve in every aspect of our lives, but almost all of us fail to do so from time to time. It is the ultimate challenge, the ability to sacrifice all the temptations of life and stay steadfast in one’s pursuit of life’s ultimate goal. The task is not easy and we will all fall along the way, however, those who don’t give up and continue to stay the course will achieve ultimate satisfaction, purpose, and salvation.
Many of us, myself included, approach “walking the line” in the wrong way. We truly are trying but we fail in our efforts because we are not taking the correct steps to truly succeed. I ask you, what is the correct way to approach this? What can we do to make sure that we are on the right track and are taking the correct steps to stay on the straight and narrow?
I do not claim to have all the answers to these questions; I have failed many times and have found myself far from that line on numerous occasions. I have tried countless different approaches as well as ways to justify not walking the line. I have blamed my inability to stay on course on circumstances, on other people, and on my own lack of self-control. On the other hand, I have tried several approaches to walk the line. I have told myself that I will start going to church every Sunday, and when I have achieved that goal I would then be walking the line. I have told myself I will not yield to temptations of the flesh and that will keep me on the line. I have told myself I will be kind to my enemies and do good to those who mistreat me, and then I will walk the line. All of these approaches failed miserably and all of them failed for one simple reason: the word, “I”.
In Proverbs 3:5-6, the Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths” (NKJV). In other words, the “I” method cannot work. It is only when we give it all to God that we are empowered stay on the line. We do this through prayer, devotion, and living out the Word of God in our lives. It is a daily battle that can only be won by sacrificing our time to make sure God is at the center of everything we do. It is not enough to go to church on Sunday. I have tried this. Half-way through the week (if that long), you will be heading down the wrong road again, and the saddest part is that you won’t even realize it is happening. Saturday night will come around and you will look back at your week and realize how far you are from that line and then you will tell yourself, “Well tomorrow is Sunday, so I will just start anew tomorrow. This will create a never-ending circle… literally. You will start out the week strong and will walk in a circle and at the end of the week you will be right back where you started. There is no ability to grow or to move down the straight and narrow road in your own power. God must be your power source.
Is this really the life you want? To have a life of going in circles only to end up in the same spot? Soon, a means to “walk the line” is completely thrown out, and in turn, life will be unfulfilling, full of pain and misery, and you will have no sense of purpose or direction in your life. However, there is an alternative. There is a way to fill that void in your life, which enables you to move forward with goals, ambitions, and purpose. The only approach worth taking is to ask for God’s help on a daily basis through prayer and supplication. By following this approach, you can look back over the past week and realize how much you have moved forward instead of backwards; you will have walked a straight line and not around in a circle. “Walking The Line” is never easy, but in the end you will find yourself in-line with God’s plan for your life. You will have a sense of purpose and fulfillment you have never before experienced.
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