“We’re all pilgrims on the same journey – but some pilgrims have better road maps.” -Nelson DeMille
Growing up, whenever I would hit a brick wall in my endeavors, my father would often come alongside me and say, “I remember hitting the same wall when I was your age.” It was a this point that I would allow at least an hour or two for him to give me his spill, trying my best not to fall asleep. At that point in time, I was naive in not heeding the wisdom of my father, because, of course, I was the typical kid who thought he knew everything there was to know about life. Boy, was I wrong! I hold my father at a higher level of respect now, always anxious to listen to his great wisdom.
Through life, we often come face to face with obstacles that almost seem impossible to overcome. We try and try, but everything we do amounts to nothing. It is at this point that we fall into that pit of despair, feeling that all is hopeless, allowing the obstacle to defeat us.
Our Heavenly Father has given us fellow travelers who have gone the path before us. These guides are our parents, grandparents, and elders whose road maps are much more filled in than our own. They can warn us of the obstacles we may face on our journey and shed light on how best to overcome them from their own experience.
However, society today has taught us that we do not need to listen to these “old timers”, that we can conquer these obstacles on our own. This is a foolish errand! We were never meant to take the journey alone. In Genesis 2:18, it states,
“Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone….’ “
Today, put down your arrogance and seek after the wisdom of your elders who have gone before you and have the obstacle-filled road map to prove it.