The gate is large and the road is wide that leads to ruin. Many people go that way.
But the gate is small and the road is narrow that leads to life. Only a few people find it.

Matthew 7:13-14


Thanks to a good friend, I’m away for a few days of focused writing near a wide swath of beautiful woods near a huge lake. And as usually happens when I’m outdoors, an interesting way of describing a verse popped into my head.

I’m sure you’ve heard the verse above MANY times. And if you’re like me you fumble to know how to explain. But here’s a great way you can do it. Watch the video and then I’ve got a few pointers below.

The easy way to live life is to do WHAT you want,

WHEN you want,

HOW you want.

Or, to do what everyone else is doing, whether or not it’s the best thing to do. That’s what the wide path means. The wide path is our own way. Lots of people take this path because it’s so easy. Anybody can do it. But in the end, it’s not worth it; it doesn’t lead to life.


The only way to God is through Jesus, the narrow path. Doing what Jesus¬†wants, instead of going our own way, can be hard, especially when everyone else is doing something different. It doesn’t seem as exciting or interesting. Not many people take this path because it’s more difficult. But in the end, it’s totally worth it! It leads to forever life with God.


Try this easy devotional with your kids–at the park, through the woods in your backyard–and let me know how it goes!
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