The road less travelled

Advising one of our boys recently, I found myself in a deep discussion about doing the right thing.

I reminded him that,  in spite of someone’s hatefulness,  he should always take the high road.

He tilted his head and gave me a look that said … explain please?

So I filled him in on the nuances of the “high road.”  How it’s a road most often  traveled alone.  It’s usually headed away from the masses.  It’s far from comfortable.  There’s plenty of goading, very few luxuries and not many rest stops along the way.

Then I assured him that when he’s on the high road he’ll know it because of how his heart feels.

He will walk taller, stand straighter, have a whistle in his heart and a song on his lips.

He will know.


He will know he’s on the high road when he doesn’t see any of the “preachy” people he’s met walking alongside him.

He will see the man who could take the extra cash and look the other way but doesn’t because it’s not the right thing to do.

He will see the woman who fed a lingering child without being sure how she’ll feed her own the next day.

He will see the couple working multiple jobs who still make time to check in and talk with an elderly neighbor.

He will see some with enough, a few with nothing, and many …. walking on their own.

He will not see the Sunday Christians, the Holy Rollers or the Damnation givers.

He will recognize himself in every single one of them and that’s when he’ll know:  he’ll know he’s following his soul’s journey to do what’s right  ..  in the eyes of God.

*originally published August 17, 2011 by Emjayandthem. 

“The same crowds that were crying out ‘Hosanna’ were crying out “crucify Him” five days later” – Matthew 27:22 – 23


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29 thoughts on “The road less travelled

  1. “He will not see the Sunday Christians, the Holy Rollers or the Damnation givers.” … this really struck a chord. Obviously, I still struggle in some ways with knowing which way is the high road. This will give me something to think about today.

    Your kids are lucky to have such a wise, compassionate mom who is willing to take the time to help them understand the ins and outs of life like this.

    • Well I think we have all had a time on the wrong road, don’t you? None of us are perfect .. but if we learn along the way, I think we’re doing all right.

      Thank you for your kind words,

  2. I embrace this sentiment myself, but it is not as commonplace as it used to be. The world would be a better place if it was. I enjoyed your post.

  3. Timeless advice. I’m glad he has you and your “compass” to keep him headed “true north.”

  4. Patti pretty much said what I was planning to say. Your children are so fortunate to have you as their Mom!

    • Aww, thank you Dianna. The thing is, most parents I know try to do that — lead the way. And often, we lead from our OWN mistakes 🙂

  5. How fortunate your son has you to put spark in those words. He won’t be alone with you.

    • Well, that’s very kind of you to say. I know you parent the same way, Georgette.

      We’ve had our share of deep conversations and he’s been surrounded by some pretty high-powered preachin’ types = the ones that talk a big talk but never, ever, walk the walk. Proof’s in the puddin’.


      • I remember Sunday afternoons. Oh my gosh. I could feel it in the air. My mother would have “something to say” and we had better listen. I’m not sure I did the same…but she sure had a way about her.

      • Powerful lady, of that I am sure!

  6. Mom leading by example, powerful post.

  7. You reposted this with perfect timing. I have forwarded to MY son. Thanks MJ

    • * I am so honored you did that — what a compliment. Thank you, Lissa. I’m sure he listens to you much more than you know .. can you recall the words of wisdom your parents shared (and all the times we ignored them??) I sure can 🙂


  8. MJ, this story excels! A privilege to read!

  9. You are a very wise momma……we never do quit being momma, do we?

    • When I was a girl in my 20s I remember being exasperated that my Mom introduced me around town as “her baby.” I get it now. We never do quit being Mom, never.

      Pity the fool who comes at my kids … the Lioness will strike!

      🙂 MJ

  10. Yep. What you said. He’s a lucky ‘kid’.

  11. Beautiful post, MJ. I love the expression, “a whistle in his heart and a song on his lips”–and I hope your son has both.

  12. This is such a lovely piece and I almost missed reading all of it. What a privilege to have you in my reading bloggers group. Your son is as blessed as you were.

  13. You are a wise woman, and your sons are fortunate to have you as a role model! The high road is the best way, and is always worth the effort! Beautiful post! ~ Sheila

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