In the place where I live when I was a child, there is a narrow alley serving as a short cut to get to the next street. Back in grade school, we used to pass by it so we can immediately get to my parent’s home.

I must say that although it is a great help for us, more often than not, we find ourselves in trouble whenever we pass by it as the alley is full of neighbors doing their constant thing: gossiping, gambling, drinking which more often than not lead into brawling. Not to mention that there are stray dogs who would always love to chase those simple passersby.

As I grow older, that street became a favorite hang out for pick pockets and street dwellers whom you would sometimes get caught sniffing solvents.

In our life, there are times, when the going gets tough and we want to speed up things, we are forced to do “short cuts”. We find ourselves compromising our beliefs, our integrity. And more often than not, the ending is not good. We get ourselves into trouble for not sticking to the plan and persevering.

As they say, regret is always at the end. If we find ourselves in that situation, may we both learn to turn back and ask GOD for guidance so we would not be diverted again from the right path.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14 NIV

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