The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs. | John Dewey
Liquids always follow the path of least resistance. Place a large bolder in the middle of a stream and the water will find a way around it. The bolder will remain until moved by an outside force.
Many people also follow the path of least resistance. They look for the quickest and easiest solutions to their life situations. They avoid anything and everything that requires them to reconsider their beliefs or preconceived perceptions. They are locked into a way of life with very predictable outcomes. This, to them, is normal.
Normal in today’s culture is often viewed as stressed, broke, and trapped. This is the natural result of following the path of least resistance. I don’t know about you, but I’m really not interested in being normal.
Obstacles in our lives do three things.
- They sharpen our vision. An obstacle will force us to work harder to see the destination.
- They reveal our weaknesses. Obstacles always help us identify those areas of life in which we lack mastery. They show us areas in which we need to learn and grow.
- They strengthen our faith. When life is going as planned, we seldom acknowledge our dependence on God. When life presents us with challenges, we quickly recognize how small we are and how big He is.
Following the path of least resistance will keep leading you to a quality of life you’ve already experienced. If you want more out of life, face the obstacles with courage. Your best life is yet to be discovered. Think about it!
How has your life been shaped through the obstacles you’ve encountered? What would you say to someone who wants to follow the path of least resistance?