The music of the famous song, “My Way,” was based on the French song, “Comme D’Habitude.” But the lyrics were written by Paul Anka. After dining with Frank Sinatra and hearing about his unhappiness that things were not going his way, Anka penned the now-famous lyrics. They describe a man facing his own mortality and reflecting on a life done his own way. It says, “For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught.”
Today’s verse talks about how right and good our way can seem. There is a rebel lurking in all of us and we would rather question God’s way than question our own. But this verse is saying that even though our way may seem right, it can still be wrong. Our subjective stamp of approval does not change the objective truth that certain choices will lead to death. We all need to be taught and led in His way (Psalm 27:11) and led in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:24).
How glad I am that I have more to live this life than the lyrics suggest! I am not on my own. My life has a plan and a purpose, created by the One who created me! It is true that I do not always understand His way and His logic, but I am to walk His way in faith. His way leads me on to level ground instead of the steep inclines of my ill-conceived short cuts! (Psalm 143:10). His way leads me by still quiet waters instead of the turbulent waters my choices create (Psalm 23:2).
Lord, in looking back on my life, may I be able to say, ‘I did it YOUR way.'”