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The Fork In The Road

Updated on November 26, 2015

Turn to the Left or Turn to the Right?

Been there, Done that

I could saybeen there, done that to most things and of course my dad could have a much longer list and well, my son would hardly fill up a small notebook.

So much for my introductions…

Anyway, I am in my forties, my dad in his seventies, my son, well he’s in first grade. →

Initially, I wanted to say something philosophical, captivating, maybe something enchanting but then again wasting a considerable amount of time just coming up with a username has kind of put a damper on that plan and that was the very first step needed so I can write this piece in here.

Anyway, I never really thought that coming up with a sobriquet which has not been taken by someone else and one that would make sense to me would be that hard to do1.

So let’s skip the introductions and get down to business, to that fork in the road.

Fork in the Road

Have you ever gone through one in your life -- one where you had to choose one path over another or several others and then find out later that with that single decision you may have changed your whole life forever? Well, okay not forever, forever, but at least for good or for a long long time.

Well, we had, many, many times. And we probably didn’t even realize it at all. Some we regret doing, as a few of us has made a career of. And few decisions, we were glad we did.

But still, life goes on and we will still come to yet many other forks in this road we call life. And we again will have to choose between or among paths (options) that are all equally valid or logical or doable or good. But whose outcomes will totally change our lives from thereon in.

I am now in one such fork in my road. (You are too, in the sense that you can stop reading this 'nonsense' right here right now, or continue on and see where it leads to).

Okay, so if you decided to go on, let's quickly move right along.

Right here. Right now.

Now more than ever, any decision that we will make will have an even greater impact not just for ourselves, but for our family and for many others, today and for many years to come.

Rising interest rates, foreclosure, eviction, relocation, higher cost of living, mounting bills, higher taxes, higher insurance costs, loans to pay off, layoffs, horrendous working conditions, can’t find work, stress, bad health, injury, death in the family, as in what else could possible go wrong?

We are All in Our Own Forks in Each of Our Own Roads

But have you, in your own fork, been forced to question yourself, question God if you believe in one, question your belief or unbelief in one. And have you made decisions that are contrary to the belief system you hold on to or which goes against moral and civil laws?

Have you come to that point where “the end justifies the means” or where “survival of the fittest” is all that matters?

Have you willingly done something you would be ashamed to admit to your grandma, your mom or your spouse and kids and have you did something you wouldn’t have done under normal conditions?

Stop fooling yourself, we all have, at one time or another, most times under duress of course (of course).

And if so, have you made a habit of doing such vile things?

Degrees of Vileness

Well there are degrees of vileness of course, and I am not suggesting that you have done things such as what we have regularly found out about otherwise upright celebrities, athletes and politicians. We are not going to name names but a few years back, the world's top golfer, a well known preacher who pastors thousands and who represented some 30 million Christian believers, or even a past U.S. President while he was still in office.

No. But we all have our "own little secrets" and of course it wouldn’t be as dark as theirs (I hope).

Anyway, those famous people who have done wrong have made press releases on how for instance they have drifted away from their faith or how their behavior could be traced to things they did or have happened to them early in their lives.

We say similar things to ourselves too, when we do things we know we shouldn’t be doing or if we have not done things that we ought to. We rationalize. We make excuses. We blame others (except ourselves). We do that and more.

Starting Over

The one good thing that we could do (especially if there is actually no getting away around it) is to acknowledge that we have done wrong, we have sinned, we have fallen short and that we are to blame and hopefully we want to start over.

Good. And if that is you right now, or if you who are standing in that fork in your road right now, contemplating to choose that path that you know you shouldn’t be taking or if you have already taken the first steps to. It is good to see how other people before you have done the same things and have now fallen from grace and landed on their faces. Hard.

Well they say, nothing can be hidden forever, and in each of their cases it surely was the case.

And so as you stand there on your fork and me in mine as well as so many others out there. Let us have the courage and the boldness to stand by our convictions, our beliefs, our moral principles and let us choose wisely.

You are not alone, there are so many of us out there who shall be endeavoring to do the same thing.

So help us God.

And for you who do not believe in God or a god and seriously doubt the existence of God -- if you are in that fork in your road and would really want to take that road to try to see if you can find a good reason to believe, then let us both go down that path and see where it leads to. No obligations to go any further for you can always turn around and head on back at any time, so the choice is still yours. Peace.

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    • 4x4 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello Susanlang,

      Thank you, nice to hear that!

    • susanlang profile image


      8 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this!

    • 4x4 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      You are most welcome Richard.

      And you are blessed!

      God has not given you a spirit of timidity, go, you can do it!

    • richardcrouch profile image


      8 years ago from Hastings, England

      Hi 4x4

      thanks for your kind comments on my first attempt. You've given me some impetous and courage to continue, and most importantly drawn me to your hub. I, like many who begin down this path perhaps, am at my own 'fork in the road' so reading your page has been a blessing to me as I search for courage to make a godly decision.

      I'm looking forward to reading more from you and pray that God continues to bless you and your family

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      8 years ago

      great work bro! :) may GOD bless you with all that you need as you continue to do His work for His glory! Keep it going! :)

    • 4x4 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      >Mum & Putz

      Thanks for your kind words.

      I appreciate it deeply.

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      Great hub.

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      8 years ago

      I notice your much appreciated comment on my hub and am so glad I took a moment to come and see what bought you to me! This is such a great hub. I too hope we all find the conviction to own and live by the morals that ground us. Making good choices whilst considering how they affect others is also a point I agree on. I am glad to be following and sharing in your journey :)


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