Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Exodus 23-24; Matthew 20:1-16
Friday’s: Exodus 25-26; Matthew 20:17-34
Saturday’s: Exodus 27-28; Matthew 21:1-22
Sunday’s: Exodus 29-20; Matthew 21:23-46
Monday’s: Exodus 31-33; Matt. 22:1-22

The late Scott Peck (1936-2005) wrote his classic work The Road Less Traveled. Since its release in 1978, over 10 million copies of the book have been sold. Although he was not a Christian at the time he wrote it, and there are some concepts in it that don’t align with Scripture, his insights about the challenges of life are noteworthy, especially his emphasis on personal responsibility. The book opens with a three-word sentence: “Life is difficult.” In his follow-up book, Further Along the Road Less Traveled, the opening statement is, “Life is complex.” In the 25th Anniversary edition of The Road Less Traveled, Peck wrote an introduction for his work from a quarter century earlier. He stated, “there are a number of places in the book where I wish I had chosen better words or phrases. It’s not perfect, and I am wholly responsible for its flaws.”[1]

Those three insights provide a great backdrop for approaching life redemptively: life is hard, complex, and we never get it completely right. That truth can either paralyze us or move us to Christ where we find our complete sufficiency in Him.

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] The Road Less Traveled, Scott Peck, 2002, p.8&15; Further Along the Road Less Traveled, Scott Peck, 1993, p.13.