Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
What might have been
Our preacher's father in law preached Sunday. Excellent sermon. He talked about how a little decision can change your whole life....both for good and for evil. I agree with him. I was talking to my friend Andrea about that very thing....wondering if some people don't look back with regret at different decisions over the course of their lives, and wonder what would have happened had they decided differently. I quoted the old poem "of all sad words of tongue or pen...the saddest are these...it might have been." (from Maude Muller by John Greenleaf Whittier)
I also think of Robert Frost's poem about 2 roads diverging in a wood and how he took the one less traveled and how that made all the difference.
Both of these poems are worth contemplating. Every day we are faced with small decisions that can and usually do, affect the rest of our lives. My prayer for you today is that whatever decision you are faced with today that you will carefully weigh the consequences....don't look back with regret and say...if I done done so and so...."it might have been " different. And when you are walking in the woods, perhaps you should take the road less traveled. It might make all the difference.
(I can already hear some of you say...maybe I should take the most traveled road. After all it might be safer. Yes, you could do that. Maybe you should do that. You will never know though will you, this side of heaven. Tommy just added something to this thought. BOTH roads make a difference...but one road makes ALL the difference!)
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