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Are You On the Right Track?

Life is a Journey. The journey of life is full of rigors and many ups and downs. For you to succeed and be on top of your game, you need to be resolutely determined to forge on forward irrespective of all the darts that life throws at you. Life deals its blows and benedictions on everyone; however, one needs to keep pushing forward encapsulated in the cocoon of knowledge and determination.

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Are you on the right track? Where are you going to? Source: Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze

When we talk about the word “track,” a couple of things usually come to mind.  My first thought when you mention the word “track” is a railway track. A railway track is “a structure consisting of a pair of parallel lines of rails with their crossties, on which a railroad train, trolley, or the like runs,” like we see in the photograph above. For a train to get to its destination, it must stay on track. If it derails from its tracks, then it is usually catastrophic. Another popular notion of the meaning of track is that of a “path made or beaten by or as if by the feet of people or animals; it can also be a trail.” For instance, when people go on a journey or an expedition, you often hear admonition for the expedition team to stay on track in other to ensure that they reach their destination. Should they go off trail, they will not get to their intended target. Your destination is your goal. Staying on the right track will ensure that you will get to the end of your destination—hence, your goal accomplished. If you derail from the tracks leading to the goal that you hope to achieve, the result could be catastrophic to say the very least. So, once again, I ask, ‘Are you on the right track?’

A derailment can be catastrophic—Stay on the right track!

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers

Life is a Journey. The journey of life is full of rigors and many ups and downs. For you to succeed and be on top of your game, you need to be resolutely determined to forge on forward irrespective of all the darts that life throws at you. Life deals its blows and benedictions on everyone; however, one needs to keep pushing forward encapsulated in the cocoon of knowledge and determination. A Claude D. Pepper once said that “Life is like riding a bicycle. You don’t fall off unless you stop pedaling.” I totally agree with him in the sense that we must keep pedaling forward so that we can get to our designated destination called destiny. If you fail to keep pedaling in life, you will eventually fall. A fall hurts. It could be minor, and it could turn out for the worse. So, keep pedaling; however, make sure you are on the right track and going in the right direction. Won’t you just hate it if you happen to pedal all the way to the end of a destination only to realize that the track you were on only led you to a wrong destination? The concept of the right track and right directions can be viewed from different perspectives. These perspectives could be the notions of purpose, career, life choices, faith, etc. 

Keep pedaling!  Make sure it’s in the right direction!

From the faith perspective, the journey of life brings to bear the question of destinations in the afterlife—Heaven or Hell. These are the eternal destinations of all life. God gives everyone ample opportunity to find the track—path—trail—way, whatever you choose to call it, back to Him. [1] Are you on the right track? Your options are life or death, which is wholly dependent on whether you would obey or disobey God’s call to believe in Him through Christ or not. [2] Two paths are set before you—Heaven or Hell. The track to heaven is a narrow gate, and the route to hell is a broad one. [3] Choose one. For me, my journey in life is that of promise and prowess hinged on the confidence that I have in the Holy Writ. I live with the hope of eternal life in heaven, which is my ultimate destination—God willing. Why? Because of my faith in the saving grace of what Christ did by dying on the cross, being raised on the third day, ascending back to Heaven, and coming back to take me to be with Him through all eternity. [4] What way do you choose? Heaven or Hell. You decide. 

Road from Hell to Heaven—Choose Heaven today!

Are you on the right track? From the perspective of faith, would you say you are on the right track? If you should leave the planet today, how confident are you that your destination is Heaven if you ponder the path that you are currently traveling on today? The only way back to God is your faith in the finished work of Calvary, and the sacrifice that Christ paid with His death on the cross—plain and simple. There are no ifs or buts about it. You just must make that right choice to be on the right track to an eternal destination that will eschew Hell from the equation of the afterlife. Are you on the right path that will take you to Heaven? That is a question that I throw at you and for you to answer. However, you must understand that the opportunity of reading this article certifies that you have heard of God’s love to us all that gives you a chance to escape the fires of Hell. [5] Know this—when you accept Christ, the Word of God becomes the Global Positioning System (GPS) device that ensures that you remain on the right tracks to Heaven. It becomes your guide. If you follow God’s mind through the Words of the Holy Writ, then be sure that you will get home (i.e., Heaven) safely. Once again, the choice is yours, and I sincerely hope you make the right one by choosing Christ.

Follow Jesus today—He is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life.

“Jesus told him, “I am the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me.” — The Bible, John 14:6

Have you ever been on a road trip where you were driving and heading towards a destination, but found out that you mistakenly took a wrong turn that started taking you towards the wrong direction? After a couple of minutes or even hours of driving, you realized that you were heading towards the wrong direction. You went off track. Maybe you did not have a GPS that was guiding you, nor were you with a traditional road map. If you have ever encountered this sort of scenario, you know how frustrating it is trying to reconnect yourself back to the right tracks towards your actual destination. In the journey of life, if you are on the wrong path and you close your eyes in death, you will end up in a place you will regret—Hell. Hell is a place of eternal separation from God. It is a place of eternal pain and suffering. It is a place of eternal stench and filth.  There will be weeping, there will be pain, and it will never stop. [6] I will leave the deeper discussions about Hell for another day. Just know that it is a horrible place and it is for eternity. Eternity does not end—remember that. And how does a man benefit if he gains the whole world and loses his soul in the process? What value is there if you gain the entire world—and lose eternal life? What can be compared with the value of eternal life? [7] What do you have to lose if you choose today to believe in Jesus? You will have nothing to lose but everything to gain. Consider this carefully after reading this.

Walk away from Hell! Walk into Heaven! Choose wisely!

Take some time and ponder on all that you have read about the path that you are currently on. Are you on the right track as you travel through life from a faith perspective? Sit back and rethink the course that you have covered so far and ask yourself this very vital question—Am I on the right track? We all have a transmundane fire within us called the conscience that continually nudges us in the right path to which we should travel. It is but a still small voice of seraphic-sanity that whispers into our subconscious, “Take this path, take this path!  Turn right, turn left!” Warning us concerning certain or possible dangers ahead. [8] The worst thing you could ever do to yourself is to be on the wrong track and choose to remain on it till you get to the end of the track. Everyone is on a track, and all tracks must one day come to an end. A Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said that the “Conscience is the voice of the soul.” So, be careful not to sear your conscience via stubbornness. [9] If you are on the right track, then be wise and careful not to derail. Rethink the path that you travel. Rethink the track of your life today, so that you will smile when you reach the end of your journey. My hope for you is Heaven.

References

[1]. John 14:6. [2]. Deuteronomy 30:15-20. [3]. Matthew 7:13. [4]. 1 Peter 1:3-6. [5]. John 3:16; Acts 16:31. [6]. Revelations 21:8; Matthew 25:46; Psalm 9:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 13:50; Acts 2:27; Mark 9:43; Jude 1:7; Proverbs 15:24; Proverbs 23:14; Matthew 13:42; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 19:20; Proverbs 15:11; Matthew 16:19; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 20:13-14; Matthew 10:28; Ezekiel 18:20. [7]. Mark 8:36; Matthew 16:26. [8]. Isaiah 30:21. [9]. 1 Timothy 4:2. [The Living Bible (TLB)].].

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Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze is an entrepreneur and the Founder, CEO, Editor-In-Chief of Oaekpost, LLC, a U.S.-based online media company and the parent organization of www.oaekpost.com. He is a multi-niche writer with a wide range of interests in various genres. Agom-Eze is based in the Greater Seattle Area, Washington, and can be reached at ogb@oaekpost.com.

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