The words “shortcuts cause erosion” glared at me from a sign along a Colorado trail I recently ran.  Its appearance was timely, as I was considering how to avoid the last ascent between me and my car.  My Kansas lungs were duking it out with the altitude, and I was running on weak fumes.  The sign did its job, and I stayed on the path.  My finish was slow and labored, but I didn’t want to be the one to cause the trail to erode.  I had seen severe erosion on the trail from water that formed startlingly deep crevices over the years.  As I pondered the erosion, I had a visual for my pastor’s response to the idea that some things are too…