Small and narrow is the path your feet should enter in,
To keep yourself from eternal death, because of wickedness and sin.
Do not think it strange my friend when you can not find,
The answer to life’s questions are within the Word and not the wine.
When the hour comes upon you to answer for your deeds,
Will you be able to tell Him, ‘In fertile ground you planted seeds?’
When He also ask, ‘why should you enter in?’
Can you tell Him you lived His words, and not a life of sin?
Terri L. Shaw 04-1977
Forgiveness is the greatest gift to yourself. If we can’t forgive others of their transgressions, sins, faults or wrong-doings, how do we expect to be forgiven of ours, either by others, or more importantly God?
The start of a new year brings changes, some good, some bad. Everyone make new resolutions, stop smoking, loose weight, go back to school, de-clutter their lives or homes. These resolutions inadvertently, eventually fall to the wayside.
Have you been the victim of your own demise? Have you fallen into that same trap every year of making those ‘resolutions’ and exclaiming, “this time I’ll make it,” only to fail once more, and dwell on how you failed?
Instead of making a new years resolution, make your life a living example. In reading Philippians 4:8 we find a perfect example of daily living. It tells us that if thinks are noble, just, pure, lovely, if it is of good report, has virtue and is praiseworthy, we are to meditate on these things.
Meditate means to dwell on, concentrate on, but also clear and free the mind.
Matthew 5:5 You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are–no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
If we take care of our health, eat healthy, exercise normally, do the things we know intelligently we aren’t supposed to do, and have a relationship with God, then forget those resolutions and just be yourself.
God gave you that gift.