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Daily Devotional: Wednesday, November 16 - Which Ladder Are You Climbing?

“Enter through the narrow gate because the wide gate and broad path is the way that leads to destruction — nearly everyone chooses that crowded road! The narrow gate and the difficult way leads to eternal life — so few even find it!” — Matthew 7:13-14 (TPT)

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I once heard the story of a man who spent his whole life climbing one ladder, only to get to the top and find he was climbing on the wrong ladder. He was striving for the wrong thing.

We have all, at some point, been this man — climbing the ladder of success, chasing the next win, putting our hope in temporary victories but finding we’ve been searching in the wrong place. It’s easy to get caught up in the desires of this world. Jesus gives a familiar illustration of what happens when we head down the wrong path — the most traveled and easily accessible road — and the outcome that follows:

“Enter through the narrow gate because the wide gate and broad path is the way that leads to destruction — nearly everyone chooses that crowded road! The narrow gate and the difficult way leads to eternal life — so few even find it!” — Matthew 7:13-14 (TPT)

As you enter a new year, a new season, a new job or some other divinely-ordered moment, pay close attention to what you are striving after. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

— Fleceia Comeaux, Houston Dash chaplain

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