Monday, Jun 24, 2013

Taking the High Road

forkinroadOne of my favorite poems is Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”.  You may remember its closing lines:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Often in our writing career, we come to a fork in the road, as described by Frost in his magnificent poem. One fork I call the High Road and the other fork I call the Low Road. The High Road is the road of integrity and virtue, the road marked by obedience to God’s way of conducting our writing career.  The Low Road is the road of compromise and rebellion, the road marked by disobedience to God’s way of conducting our writing career.

There are times in our writing career where we may be tempted to water down the Gospel for the purpose of landing a contract.  Or we may be tempted to stretch the limits of decency in the language or content of the fiction we write. Whatever the temptation, we have a choice to take the High Road or the Low Road.

Are you at a crossroads in your writing career now?  Are you trying to decide which road to take as you move forward in your journey? Are you being tempted to compromise God’s Word for the sake of a sale? If so, I urge you to take the High Road, the road marked by integrity and virtue. The road that will not allow compromise for the purpose of success. 

The road that glorifies God.  

And that makes all the difference.
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2 thoughts on “Taking the High Road

  1. Great post, Mary Ann! I think a lot of Christian writers are also tempted to take the low road in quality, producing less-than-excellent writing to avoid the hard work of really sharpening their skills. I know I’m tempted to do that, anyhow!

    • Thank you, Dave. It’s so good to hear from you! Thank you for posting a comment.

      You make an excellent point about taking the low road in quality. Unfortunately, Christian writing in general has often been considered inferior precisely because of the point you make. I trust that we are beginning to realize that we should be the best in whatever area our Lord has placed us, simply because we are in Him and He is the Best!

      Blessings on you and your precious family!