Nature all around us intertwines and works together harmoniously. The birds in the air chirp, the leaves in the trees rustle as the wind gently blows as we kick and SCREAM, “Life is too HARD!” Why does everything known to nature naturally and gracefully do what they were made to do…except us, we seem to complicate everything! Imagine living in simplicity like the birds of the air, the leaves in the trees and the wind in the air; life would be, well, simple.

We take many paths in our lives that lead to complications which are better left avoided to begin with. Let’s take a look at a few of these paths.

1. I am not good enough path. As people, we are not perfect. It is time to stop thinking we are and give ourselves room for mistakes; even the mistake of complicating things. God has begun a good work in each of us and He will not give up on anyone of us. He is a faithful God; our rock.

2. Corrupted ways path. To keep it simple, we’ve got to keep it real; real to what God created us to do, to love & to do good works. It may sound like a challenge but God works in us, giving us the desire and the power to do what pleases him; we’ve just got to have the desire to do it and ask for His help.

3. Force things to happen path. If we have to force something to happen, it shouldn’t be happening. Let go and let God. As we surrender, we can trust that God is in ultimate control and He will guide us in the direction we need to be.

4. Caught up in the things of this world path. This world can be a distraction. That is why it is important to know that we are in this world but not of it. When we know this, then we also know that in order to avoid the distractions of this world, we have got to saturate ourselves with the things of God. We will begin saturating ourselves with His word, in prayer and in fellowship with other believers as we learn this truth.

While it is easy to take the I am not good enough path, the corrupted ways path and the forcing things to happen path, it is freeing to take the path God has designed for us; the straight and narrow path of life. This path does not lead us to be perfect people but it does cause us to work harmoniously with one another and in tune with God and what He has planned for us.

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.