Choosing “The Narrow Path” or “The Road Less Traveled” can often leave us feeling alone regarding our resolve to be Christ’s follower. Most of our world no longer knows what moral standards are or even the definition of what it means to be virtuous.
If we are careful about whose compass we follow, we can avoid heading down the wrong path. With the Holy Spirit as our guide, the Holy Bible is the Christians’ compass and offers wisdom as we seek every virtue shining the light of Jesus to a world that desperately needs Him.
Though we think of purity and kindness as the definition of virtue, it is much more. Being virtuous is a way of life that focuses our goals on excellence. These goals describe who we are because of our actions, which is what we do, and say. For a Christian, virtue ultimately demonstrates the love of God that beams Christ’s light to a world of suffering and pain. God calls us to work out this perfection to be impactful in our relationships because our lives are a ministry to ALL we touch throughout our daily happenings.
If one is to be considered virtuous, their life must reflect a high standard with the primary goal of being excellent. Notice I said the “goal of being excellent.” Excellence does not lead to perfection because no one is, no matter how hard we try. The goal of adopting a standard of living out of biblical principles guides us to look like Jesus. Growing in our relationship with Him is the result.
Virtuous people not only know what is right but also live it out. They go the extra mile to be intentional in what they speak, do, and value. They have the purpose with the opportunity to honor God as they reflect His image to the world around us.
It’s a noisy, enticing world that pulls us in many directions, rather than closer to God. Being tuned into God through daily conversation allows us to listen to the Holy Spirit. As we ride down life’s trail, the Holy Spirit is here to help us make decisions that are God’s best for us.
In Virtues of Horsemen, author Melinda Buckallew Villarreal shares how walking with God is in everything you do, think, and say. By grasping biblical virtues, she demonstrates how you can turn your Christian walk into worship. Through scripture and her personal experiences with both horses and physical limitations, this devotional teaches you how to transform daily repetition, struggles, or pain into lessons. Villarreal communicates that church on Sunday is not enough, and she leaves you wanting more of God in your life.
Each devotional includes application questions to stretch you and to encourage your growth with God and your daily walk with the Holy Spirit.