There was a young man named Tom who didn’t know what his future held.

He felt lost and had no idea what to do next.

When he spoke with his mentor, Dwyer about this dilemma, the mentor took him to a nearby field.

“To get to the other side,” Dwyer said, “What do you need to do?”

“Find the path?” Tom replied.

“Correct,” said Dwyer.

Tom looked up and down the paddock.

“I can’t see a path,” he said.

“Look closer,” the mentor said.

Tom walked back and forth, but still couldn’t see the way.

“You can stop looking now,” Dwyer said, and motioned for him to come closer.  He placed his hand on his young friend’s shoulder and said, “To find your path, you need to make your path.  Stop looking for the obvious way to go or the way that others have gone.  Walk through the long grass and make a path for yourself.”

Tom thought about this for a moment and responded, “But what about snakes?  What about tripping hazards?  What about potholes?  Don’t you want me to be safe?”

His mentor smiled and said, “I would rather that you lived your destiny than stayed safe.  Too many people are afraid of the risks when there is no obvious path, but that doesn’t get you to where you need to go.”

Tom threw his hands up in the air in frustration, “Great, so you don’t want me to be safe.”

Dwyer smiled knowingly and said, “Tom, very few people get to the end of their life and wish that they took less risks.”

Now over to you.

Is there an obvious path for your life?

And if not, should that stop you from taking action anyway?  Or should you take steps through the long grass, creating your path as you go.

In Genesis 12:1, the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”

He didn’t know where he was going.

There was no path or clear direction.

He just knew that he needed to go.

So, when there is no path, do what the father of faith did and start walking!

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