The Rocky Path

When I was still living at home, my parents decided to remodel their kitchen.

They decided that they really liked tile floors and called the tile man.

I still remember how careful the tile guy was to be sure that he was laying the tile on a smooth surface.
Every few minutes, I’d see him smoothing out the grout to be sure that the tile would lay flat.
After he laid a piece of tile on it, he never smoothed it again, it had already been worked out.

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank Clark

The obstacles that are in your way exist because the path is not worn…
The grout hasn’t been smoothed out.
No tile has been laid.

Few have traveled the tough path,
the path that it takes real faith to travel.

  • The path that gets up everyday and lives out their faith even though the office they work in is filled with people that don’t.
  • The path that prays for their children even though their children ignore the faith they’re taught.
  • The path that loves when it doesn’t make sense… when it’s not easy.
  • The path that forgives because they’re forgiven.
  • The path that pastors even when the people refuse to be lead.
  • The path that prays for and obeys their parents even though they’re never shown love.
  • The path that is faithful to their husband even though he isn’t faithful to her.
  • The path that lives a vision from God by the voice of God and not by the opinions of man.

Those paths have obstacles because they haven’t been smoothed out… not many people have been there… not many people are willing to pay the price.

Today, welcome the obstacles.

The obstacles are evidence of the destination.

For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.- Matthew 7:14

Travel on and…

turn the world UPSIDE down.


  1. It’s freeing to know we have One who goes before us and is a companion for the journey. They way may be arduous but it’s the best journey ever and the perks are to die for! :)

  2. “The obstacles that are in your way exist because the path is not worn…
    The grout hasn’t been smoothed out.
    No tile has been laid.”

    True words dude…there is always a challenge when you’re leading!

  3. We say we want a smooth life…but, really, think about how boring that would be. Humanity is defined by it’s ability to overcome obstacles. Through them we learn,we grow, we mature, we build relationships that will last. I think what we really desire is what God has already given us…someone with whom to travel through the rough patches.

  4. I really like how you likened the rocky paths to those that have not been worn down yet. It’s so true. I would rather have a rocky path and know that I’m living a life not many have traveled down, doing something that hasn’t been done before, than have a nice smooth path and be like everyone else.

    Great post bud!

    1. I shall be telling this with a sigh
      Somewhere ages and ages hence:
      Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
      I took the one less traveled by,
      And that has made all the difference

      Robert Frost “The Road Less Traveled”


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