Anger’s Breath

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. 
                                                          ~Robert G. Ingersoll
 

The old life is a grass life,
    its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
    God’s Word goes on and on forever.

This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.

                                                        ~ 1 Peter 1:24-25

I looked at the scripture in the King James this morning.  I know it so well.  It was also in our church bulletin for so long, reminding us of the fragility of our lives, “the grass withers, the flower fadeth”… Then I read it in The Message, where it does not stand alone in the side by side comparison and my ears heard a bigger picture:

     “Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,
    its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
    God’s Word goes on and on forever.

This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wccb7RnfnBk

Help it Grow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlOHA8tUKNc

These very short clips is from a wonderful movie called Ferngully, the Last Rainforest.

     They remind me that the way we handle the gift of the word of God is as important as the word itself.  Clinging to the new life is like walking on butter with new shoes, so slippery, so difficult nearly impossible in a situation I am experiencing.  Discussion brings no help.  A sign sits in front of my computer that says, “The Lord will fight for you.  You need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14)

      It is so very hard to be still.  My Fitbit attests to the fact that I am not good at sitting still.  But my spirit needs to spread a blanket here and drink in the Lord. I entreat you to share your best methods for dealing with buttery situations.  Tying knots at the end of this rope is nearly impossible.  But I know who wins in the end.

Thank you Lord for this tool of communication.  Please use it for the building up of your kingdom: in the workplace, in the family, on the highways and all we touch. Let us remember that the  creative “magic” is all yours and that all new life comes from you.

Because of Him,

Linda

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