Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book ‘The Road Less Traveled’ by M. Scott Peck.

Today I pray, “Dear God, What is today’s version of a road less traveled? And where might it lead us when we set out to walk this path? Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“It is in the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has meaning. Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure. Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.”

Absolutely. This is why even The Smurfs have to contend with misfortune. Even in a Utopia, there are problems. I enjoyed watching the cartoon The Smurfs as a child, yet wanted to leave the room every time problems appeared in a scene. I liked the fairytale in the forest and was not interested in any challenges arising. Yet even a happy little cartoon teaches children that problems interrupt a harmonious life. Problems… they are a part of life. I want as few problems as possible, yet the deeply regretted problems that portend to get in the way of all the true goodness of life? I can see them as teachers, and I am grateful for their lessons.


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