“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.”
(Matthew 7:13, 14 MSG)

I was very excited to find a new shortcut driving my car which greatly reduced my travel time on the road. After traveling this new route for a month I was very disappointed to receive a bill in the mail for an unexpected toll. I did not realize that my shortcut was a toll road enforced by video surveillance and I was being charged a toll every time I used the road. Making the wrong decisions in life can take its toll. Some directions that we choose to travel end up costing us later if we are not paying attention to where we are going. The easy shortcut may seem more convenient but the Lord’s way is a very narrow and difficult road which only a few people ever find. We can travel toll free following Jesus. His way is the only way.