A man needed a driver to give him a ride through a dangerous mountain path. To ensure his safety, he wanted to find the best of the best of the drivers. The man asked the same question to four different drivers: How close can you get to the edge and still feel comfortable? The first driver said, "I can drive one foot away from the edge and be comfortable." The second driver said, "I can be 6 inches away from the edge and be fine." The third driver said, "Give me 1 inch, and there's no problem." The last driver that he asked said, "I don't know, I stay as far away from the edge as I can."
This man knew exactly who to choose. No matter how skilled the driver was, getting close to the edge just isn't smart. He chose the fourth driver. The further away from the edge, the better. What does getting close to the edge prove anyways? The Lord doesn't care how close we can get to the edge, in fact, he wants us to stay as far away from the edge as we can. Christ, in his Sermon on the Mount, taught, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24).
Getting close to the edge is, in a way, serving two masters. It's saying, with our actions, that we only want to do the bare minimum to stay on the path. But think about it, the closer we are to the edge, the less room there is for error. One faulty step could be our downfall, literally. When we stay away from the edge, we leave room for our mistakes, which are unavoidable. Then we will be able to correct ourselves and continue going. May we all strive to stay as far away from the edge and choose this day to serve the Lord. It's only then can we reach the end of the mountainous path safely.