(Proverbs 15:24 KJV) The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
As I was doing a routine check of word meanings I noticed that the Hebrew word used for “way” (path NASB) (734) is not the common word for road or way. That made me look a little closer and I saw that the definition implied a route well traveled, not just marked out.
We may not control all of the paths we walk during a day. We have demands and as the centurion told Jesus, we are “under authority.” When your employer demands that you be at work by 8:00 A.M. you usually do not have the option of coming in at 8:30. You can however decide that you are going to be their by 7:45. Thus you develop a well traveled path of being punctual. You build behavior that implants a healthy habit. This is the process of wisdom. This puts us on the high road.
So? Control what you can. Sometimes that means being earlier than required or staying later than demanded. The difference between holiness and legalism is in the attitude.