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Another Road Less Traveled

While watching the ACC basketball tournament, a player’s comment reminded me that my sister-in-law only applied to one school: the University of North Carolina. Sage advisors warn high school students to apply to a couple of schools, including a “safety school” that one could fall back on. Keep your options open, they say; but my sister-in-law knew exactly what she wanted.

My friend recently told me the story of how he met his wife. He was divorced, had two young children, and heard from a friend about a young woman in college who baby-sat for little money. He hired her and then made plans to attend a gathering of ill-repute. And this baby-sitterĀ told him that he couldn’t go! Why not, my friend asked, quite bemused and cocksure there was nothing in the world she could say to make him stay home. Because I’m going to marry you and you must be safe.

Such clarity can seem outlandish, even outright foolish – you know what they say, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Most of the time, I agree: as he grows up, I’ll counsel my son with similar aphorisms.

But when you are sure and certain of a truth for your life, have the courage to turn your future completely over to your heart’s desire. When I was little, my mom used to tell me that it is holy to know what you want. And that “road less traveled” has truly made all the difference.

Sam at Union

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.

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