Once a father took his three sons on a winter hike. They came to a field glistening white from a snowfall the night before. The father, wanting to challenge his youngsters and perhaps teach them a lesson suggested a contest: Which one could walk the straightest path across the field.
The first trudged across the field keeping his eyes down to watch
each step, trying to put one foot in front of the other. When he
reached the other side, he looked back, and to his surprise the tracks
were curved like the letter “S.”
The second lad started, taking a few steps then looking back to see
if his path appeared straight. About every ten to fifteen steps the
process was repeated. When he finished he eagerly surveyed the entirety
of his course, but discovered it wasn’t really straight at all - it was
in segments, veering to the right, and then to the left.
The third, seeing the other two had failed, employed a different
strategy. He looked directly at his father who stood on the opposite
side of the field. He walked toward his father, never taking his eyes
off of him. Having completed the trek, his path was the straightest of
the three by far.
The wise father then taught the boys, saying, “Sons, there is just
ONE path in life that is straight and true, and that is the way of Jesus
Christ (John 14:6). As you go through life, keep your eyes on Him,
“looking unto Him” (Heb. 12:2), and your course will always be right!
Remember, He is the Way. Trust Him and do what His Word teaches and you
will never go wrong.”
- Selected; via the weekly bulletin of the Harrisburg church of Christ
in Harrisburg, IL. You may visit their website at