Rev. George R. Dillahunty
Virginia Conference Evangelist
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
685 Grant Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-3047

May 27, 2008

Text: Matthew 7:13-14 (King James Version)

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (v. 14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

Topic: The Highway to Heaven!

Iím reminded of the poem, written by the poet Nick Kenny, entitled "Nobody Walks Alone:"

***"Oftí times when the highway of life seems rough
***And all your dreams have flown,
***Just remember wherever your road may go,
***Nobody walks alone.

***When everyone else has let you down
***And under your sins you groan,
***Just keep reminding your burdened heart,
***Nobody walks alone.

***Then suddenly youíll feel His hand in yours,
***And His eyes lifting up your own,
***And youíll hear His gentle, forgiving voice:
***íNobody walks aloneí..."

The psalmist, David, in Psalm 23:1-6 (KJV), tells us: "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. (v. 2) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. (v. 3) He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Nameís sake. (v. 4) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. (v. 5) Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (v. 6) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." King Solomon, the wisest man to live on the face of the earth, with the exception of Jesus, the Christ, in Proverbs 2:8 (KJV), tells us: He keepth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of His Saints."

Someone has noticed that, "Optimists think the glass is half full. Pessimists think the glass is half empty. Realists know that, if they stay around long enough, they are going to have to wash the glass." In the field of art, realists paint life with blemishes, wrinkles, and scars. Idealists paint a subject as they imagine it could be or should be!

On the "Road of Life," both realism and idealism are important! Ideals give us direction; while realism gives us traction! Both of these, however, have their downsides! Realism can cost us our dreams! Idealism can consume our days in a futile search for the perfect marriage, for the perfect employment, for the perfect relationship; or, for perfect happiness! Idealsim and realism also show up in matters of faith! Some think of Almighty God as an obssessive demanding parent who simply cannot be pleased! Others think of Almighty God as an indulgent gradnparent, who is so endearing and compassionate, that there is no reason to fear Him!

So, tell me, "What do we