Taking the High Road

Choosing the better alternative, doing what is right, the higher calling

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.  David Star Jordan

The time is always right to do what is right.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.  Confucius

Taking the High Road means choosing the better choice and doing what is right especially when facing tough decisions. The high road is more moral, ethical, and less selfish. We chose the low road due to convenience, selfishness, fear and personal gain. The high road tends to make us as a better person, the low road degrades us.

   An angel and a devil sitting on our shoulder and each one giving their advice is a good visualization and analogy of the choice between the high road versus the low road. We have faced these kinds of decisions many times; face them daily and will face them in the future. The kind of person we are determines our choices. The more character flaws we have the more we are susceptible to choosing the low road. The stronger and higher caliber our character the more likely it is we take the high road.

    Choosing the low road may seem the easier choice.  It is often most convenient. It is the most traveled. Choosing the low road appeals to instant gratification, requires less commitment and costs less in time, money and effort. It often offers short term gain. The low road does come with baggage. Making bad decisions, poor choices, not doing what is right, being selfish, all these things have a cumulative undesirable impact on our character and the person we become. These things are like bad habits. Bad habits create bad circumstances. If lying, cheating, taking short cuts or taking advantage of others are bad and harmful and we purposefully choose to do them anyway, it is highly likely these decisions come back to haunt us in the future. Life tends to respond to the natural law of cause and effect. What goes around will usually come back around to bite us.

     When faced with forks in the road or deciding between alternatives, choosing the right thing is often a rather difficult choice. It requires answering to a higher calling and doing what is right despite temptations and pressures otherwise. We must base our choices on principles, morality and ethics. Our path might not be the most popular or the easiest choice to make. We take the high road because of our strength of character and because it is the right thing to do. We must believe in the long run we will be rewarded for doing what is right.       

 

Challenge: Think of those circumstances where you chose the low road rather than the high road. Did you come to regret not doing what you knew to be right? Whenever you make a wrong choice and later regret it; it is good. If you never regret such things, that is a very bad thing. Your conscience is there for a reason. Listen to the angel, not the devil. As hard as it may be; and as much as possible, always try to take the high road. It is the better path. 

 

Wisdom: The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.  Thomas Babington Macaulay

Spiritual: (NIV)

Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Isaiah 3:10

 

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt: 6:33 

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6

Righteousness is an indication of our character. The more we have fellowship with God and are guided by the Holy Spirit, the more righteousness will be evidenced in our lives. When faced with having to choose between the low road and the high road, we will have more power and strength to choose the high road. We will give in to temptation less and less. We will choose to do the right thing for the right reasons more and more.        

 

Prayer:  Grant me the strength and the wisdom to do what is right. Please forgive me when I fail.                                    

 

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