I bicycle commute to work almost every day following basically the same route. It balances safety, comfort, shade, prettiness, traffic, and distance. It is a good route. Every now and then, I get restless, bored, or curious and decide to vary my route. Inevitably I find that the variant is not as satisfactory as the way I usually go.
Whether I take this street or that doesn't make much difference as long as they get me to work and home again. Variety can be interesting. Detours need not keep me from my goal. But I was thinking that once we find the path to eternal life, even though it may be tedious, repetitious, and even difficult, it is vital that we stay on that path. Detours can be dangerous and lead us off in the wrong direction. Hold to the rod. Stay on the true path. It is the only way to get where we want to go.