The Narrow Path is where we meet our self, our shadow, our person, and no one else. The Broad Path is relating to our life by social comment, cultural awareness, what the family thinks, the city, the state, the nation…but it always involves others…many others usually.
The Narrow Path is what I think, what I do and don’t do, how I prepare…no one else is involved. When the Narrow Gate is strange to us we are those who do not know who we are —and we must find out. If we refuse to find out— we chose the Broad Path. If we are strangers to ourselves then we are probably estranged from others as well.
Because the Narrow Path is so lonely and not crowded, it can cause us to slide over into the Broad Path to be accepted, to be ‘normal,’ to not seem so radical and single minded. Yet… the Narrow Way is something to be entered very intentionally. It is the Path Jesus said we should take.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Jesus