I hardly recognize the scene before me. Brambles and weeds have overcome the lane that led to our home. The kids used to play and ride bikes up and down its tire marked path. I listen and hear the sounds of their laughter and play, forever written on the wind.
The lane used to extend a warm invitation, but now gives an unwelcome message to any who pass by. Memories from the past haunt the old place now. Visions in my mind of a place called yesterday.
There have been moments in my life when I wanted time to stop, moments when I knew it could not be any better, but puppies grow to be dogs and little children become adults. Moments become memories as life and time continue their cadence, waiting for no one.
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Food on the table, roof over my head, clothes on my back;
I’m doing pretty good, at that.
Doesn’t seem so good by today’s standards…
but then it depends on the yardstick your measuring by…
the yardstick of “wants” or the yardstick of “needs.”
True contentment comes by only one.
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The old self is my enemy. It seeks its own way and bathes in its own pleasure. It is against the new nature and constantly tries to shut it down. The old nature is subtle and works in a silent and deceptive way…each weakness, each fear. The new nature is a hard road to walk. It is opposite of everything the old self wants to say and do. It is the greater challenge. It is the greater way. Somehow, I must find a way to live in this new nature and let go of the old one.
18 I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. 19 I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. 20 My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. 21 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. 22 I truly delight in God’s commands, 23 but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. 24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
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