I grew up in a family where going to church and having religion was the right thing to do. There was really no consideration to whether you lived “an ounce worth of dog meat”. It’s one of the things that always raised my eyebrows when I was younger. The facade was carefully maintained because that is what good Christian folks do. Anything that wasn’t right, was carefully hidden away in the back room down the hallway. And you didn’t talk about those things outside the house…ever!
My personal Christian walk began over 20 years ago, and in this journey, I’ve witnessed so many things—some good and some bad. And this is where I get controversial for all the traditional church folks. In my opinion, religion (and I mean religion…not spirituality) has essentially corrupted the world. Now, believe me, I am Christian and fully believe in having a personal relationship with Christ, but what really pisses me off is the church pushing perfection. All of the do’s and don’ts that only matter when you choose to darken the doorsteps of a church or so long as the rules don’t get in the way of your own personal agenda.
Why the phonies? Why the hypocrisy? Is it because we feel like we are nothing if we’re not living up to what the world considers perfect? If we can’t keep up with the Jones, are we worth any less? If we don’t walk the straight and narrow AND do everything the way others have planned out for us, does that mean we’ll never achieve our goals or arrive at that place of destiny? Is there only one road to success?
Your success cannot be categorized by someone else’s definition! It may have many detours, off-ramps, and re-routes. Life is not the ‘shortest distance between two points’, but rather an education in getting lost, running out of gas, walking alone on a long dark road, and perhaps learning some valuable lessons along the way.
The key to your success is learning who you are and trusting the process that will lead you along the way. Most importantly, never be afraid of the road less taken.