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Thursday, September 29, 2005

laying eggs

In the spring, birds seem to be everywhere - feeding, singing, gathering material, building nests and laying eggs for the continuance of their species. It reminds me that in one sense of the words, I have built a nest or two myself and have also laid a few eggs, as mistakes are sometimes called. Those kinds of eggs hatch as well and I've had to deal with the offspring thereof, sometimes at great length.

Whether it’s our own problems or we are looking around at the spiritual condition of our world it would be easy to sink into an abyss of hopelessness and thinking that this world is never going to be any better, nor will it - without the power and love of God.

But we, as Christians, do not have to sink into the bitterness and criticalness of the worldview. Sorry to say that many who claim The Name seem to have their lives ruled by what's happening to them on any given day - surroundings, mood, spouse's mood, children's cooperation, dirty laundry, toothpaste tube squeezed wrong, the dog eating the last jelly donut, the bird of paradise flying up your nose - such should not be the case.

My definition of rejoicing is to give outward expression to inward joy and scripture says, "rejoice evermore" and in a different place it says "in everything give thanks", then with the force of the Word bearing us up, we can rise above the morass and moroseness of those that have no hope.

Years ago, I was somewhat of a blues music fan, but one can't help but notice that the words penned/sung by the writer/singer express the woes brought on them mostly by self infliction. It might be the same with us, but much more than what happens to us, we can control our reaction to it and not allow it to ruin our day / week / month / year / life. ec


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