The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them,
but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.
Commonly known geometric fact: The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The spiritual corollary: Righteousness creates the straightest and shortest path to life success.
Food for Thought
Truett Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, says it this way: “It’s easier to succeed than to fail.” Unwrap that title of his autobiography (highly recommended reading) and you’ll find that the key to success in business and life is doing the right thing. How do you know you’re doing the right thing? By considering how your choices will impact others. Do what’s right for as many as you can, as often as you can, for as long as you can and you’re well on your way to righteousness.
We all need filters to use to make decisions. This filter has worked better for me than anything else in life:
Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
If you’ll filter every decision you make through Jesus’ filter — how does this decision help me love God more deeply or how does this decision help me love my neighbor more effectively — you’re well on your way to life success.