“I’m taking the high road!”
How many times have you heard this phrase? But what does it mean? Often, it is interpreted that in your choice of responses to a negative situation, you should choose the one that is more restrained and less combative. The problem with the high road mentality is that when we choose it, we usually do so out of pride. Pride encourages high-road-thinking. It is a veiled attempt to look down from its lofty perch to those on the low road. Our pride convinces us that we are somehow morally superior to the other party. It uses innuendo and suspicion to cast a dark cloud over others and becomes a form of slander. And when pride enters the heart, love leaves.
This pride is most evident when we feel the need to tell people we are taking the high road!
The reality is that there is no high road or low road. There’s just your road. It’s the one God has laid out for you.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
Did you know Jesus took the low road? He chose the path of a sinner though He was without sin. He hung out with prostitutes and tax collectors, died a criminal’s death, and went all the way to Hades to rescue those who were waiting for Him in faith. There is no road too low for Him if it means reconciling men and women to God. He did this because of His great love and this love is the key to the Kingdom road marked out for you.
The roads of God’s Kingdom are paved with humility, it’s streetlights are love, and it’s center line is the Holy Spirit.
Find the path God has for you and trust that what He has shown you is the way to go. Others can help guide you but ultimately, the Holy Spirit is your Guide. Let love rule your heart and pride won’t have room to take up residence there. Don’t worry about the road others are on or what they think of your road. A heart filled with love for God and others lives with an un-offendable spirit anyway. Find your road, let God fill your heart with His love, and enjoy your walk.
I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. Psalm 119:32