While the rest of the world sees an elegant marble bust, Close beloved ones see a pile of pitiful rubble, Perfection is nothing but an elaborate illusion, We must accept we are nothing but dust, Openly reveal and accept our own vulnerability Then we are free to break out of our bubble. "Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground..." —Genesis 2:7
“I” is how all your sentences begin,
Bragging is the way you hide
all the shame you feel inside
Pride is the name of your sin.
God pronounces you clean
That’s a promise you now redeem
Make your soul behave
by serving the lowly slave.
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I own a petite cafe in South France Overlooking the sparkling azure sea The apron-clad staff serves some top cuisine But mainly fine china filled with black tea. Chef Christopher becomes so furious No one orders his finely prepared food Because he poured his heart and soul in it But the customers are not in the mood. I console him and say the tourists stress About the growing size of their own waist They say his creamy dishes look divine Even when they refuse to take a taste. I tell the chef to breathe in the sea air And remember his wage is more than fair. ------- ANALYSIS "French Cafe" was written as a light fictional poem, but there is more here to chew on. On the spiritual level, it echoes the sentiment of the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Matthew 20:13 states, “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius?'" Shouldn't we appreciate the opportunity to serve Christ rather than allow pride to stir up anger over disappointments? Although we may not all enjoy a creative career on the coast of France, we do all have blessings we can choose to focus on in our lives. Thanks for reading "French Cafe" and its analysis. Have a blessed day! ------- Draw Near is now accepting poems for Blessed Creation: A Christian Poetry Collection. Details here: Call for Submissions.
After I give a public speech, I find lettuce in my teeth; My body was never fit for a bikini, and my car isn't exactly a Lamborghini; I've learned not to rethink my words and dwell, but to clear my mind and say, "Oh well!" Impressing people is an exercise in futility because God is teaching me the virtue of humility; He is making me more humble like His Son; I only wish it wasn't such a hard lesson. "Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor." —Proverbs 15:33
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It soars like an enemy fighter
shooting down any good God did through me,
It feeds, nurtures, and empowers
mankind’s mortal enemy.
It is the stench of vomit on a beautiful girl,
The prescription is humiliation
It is the screech of tires before a crash,
My escape route is to praise Him,
It is the taste of curdled milk in a dark roast blend
God’s Word is my medication,
It is seeing an old friend on heroin,
Prayer, take me to a holy destination.
It’s a bullet wound to my cranium,
It is the reason that I lied
It’s a disease that strikes children
Read the coroner’s report:
The cause of death was pride.
“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” —Proverbs 8:13
© 2016 Kim Bond
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So you have been carrying around those burdens for a long time. By now, you are emotionally exhausted and ready to lay them down, right? Let’s do it together. Today we will forgive someone, let go of negative feelings, and ask forgiveness from another.
Ephesians 4:32 states: Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Since we have a perfect Father in heaven and a Friend that sticks closer than a brother, we can let go of the idealistic expectations we have placed on our parents, friends, and spouse. We can forgive all the ways they have let us down, rejected us, and failed to meet our needs since their mistakes only pointed us to the cross. Sit back in your chair, relax, and ask God: Lord, who do I need to forgive?
When you have the person in mind you need to forgive, pray this prayer of forgiveness with us: Lord, thank You for forgiving our sin debt in full. We know we would never have been able to repay our sin debt without Your Son’s death on the cross. Since Your Son did this for us, we forgive every person that has wronged us. We give up the right to collect from those who wronged us. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
That felt great, didn’t it? Ready to let go of some negative feelings? Hold your hand up to your Father in heaven as if you were giving Him your heart and say: Lord, I give You my anger, resentment, unforgiveness, bitterness, pain, doubt, spiritual pride… Thank You that You love us and guide us to let go of these emotions so we can live in freedom and joy. In Christ’s Name, Amen. (By holding your hand up to heaven, you are doing in the physical what you are doing in the soul. Alternately, you can envision yourself handing your heart to the Lord and think the words.) This practical advice can be used any time a thought or feeling rises up in you that you do not want.
Starting to feel lighter and more joyful, aren’t you? Let’s keep at this pace as we turn around and ask for forgiveness from someone we have wronged. Sit back in your chair again, relax and ask God: Lord, who do I need to ask for forgiveness from? It might be your spouse for an argument you had yesterday. It might be someone from high school that you track down on Facebook or Twitter. It could be something simple like a text or message stating: I am sorry. Please forgive me.
Doing this simple task could bring healing to their life and open up a door for Christ in their lives as well. After all, you welcomed the light of Christ inside of you the day you first believed. Put your light on a stand for all to see (Matt. 5:15). I am asking the Lord to give you courage to ask forgiveness to the person the Lord brings to your mind. Do not delay in communicating your regret about your past actions.
You may actually feel physically lighter after you have forgiven others, let go of negative feelings, and ask forgiveness from those you have wronged. All of those negative feelings and unforgiveness were coming in between you and the Lord. You have now drawn nearer to the Lord. As He promises in the Holy Bible, when you draw near to the Lord then He will draw nearer to you (James 4:8).
Needtobreathe’s song called “Lay ‘Em Down” invites us to lay down our burdens and troubles. Begin your journey to a clean heart by clicking here to listen to this inspirational song.
© 2015 Kim Bond
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