April 26, 2016

Why are you looking for an easier path?

The Practical Road - 100PedalsOne of the sayings that came to me on my one hundred day cycling challenge was, “The practical road may not be the easiest path; but, wise is the person with the courage to take it.” I remember thinking to myself that accepting a personal challenge to ride my bike for one hundred consecutive days was a little over the top.  Crazy or not, I knew how and why I came into that call to action and was willing to accept it because of that.

How many times have you looked at the struggle you are in, examined the options before and exclaim “there’s got to be an easier way!” More time than not the road to accomplishment is not an easy one.  If you are looking for an smoother path you probably need to look inside yourself to decide how serious you are about changing what is going on around you.

I can promise you, change is not easy or simple; the path can be treacherous and confusing at times, and there are no shortcuts. The good news is there’s a biblical promise that guarantees guidance for you on this journey

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths
.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6 NKJV)

This is one of my foundational scripture verses. Whenever I found myself in a place of conflict, doubt, or pain, and looking for a way out of my conflict, I am reminded to trust in God and keep moving forward.  Whenever I have fearlessly put this verse to work in my life, I have always discovered unimaginable outcomes.

The road you are on right now may be difficult. It may seem there is no end in sight. Trust in the Lord.  Don’t be deceived by what you think you see or know. Don’t let your fears or doubts interrupt your progress or your commitment. God sees a much bigger picture and possesses the greater power.  He knows what he is doing.

Go forward in faith and keep talking with God. He will guide you through the storm in ways you can even fathom.  The scripture does not say it will be easy; however, I can declare it will be worth it!


Are you trapped on the emotional rollercoaster of addiction? Has the addiction of a loved one disrupted and taken over your life. Dave Cooke can help. He’s an internationally recognized speaker who has made it his commitment to minister to parents struggling with addiction in their families. His powerfully insightful, faith based approach to the challenges of addiction have inspired and educated thousands across the country.

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.