Our Lives Diverged

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The prompt for PAD day 21 was to respond to another poem. This is my response/version of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken

Our Lives Diverged

Our lives diverged one year in June
Something lovely died inside
Left behind with the quarter moon
The contents of my heart were strewn
And by the sun were crisped and dried

I took my lonely path back home
And tried to make the best of things
Oft times I’d go outside and roam
As if I traveled the catacombs
Yearning to leave on sprouted wings

Remembering that day, choices made
Words said could not be taken back
Footprints left where they had strayed
Promises died unconveyed
I doubted he’d ever come back

I’ll always recall this with a sigh
Relive it often in my dreams
Lives diverged under an aqua sky
You made the choice to go awry
Life isn’t always what it seems

Thoughts on the Words of C.S. Lewis – Like Judas or like John?

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C.S. Lewis was a novelist, poet, academic, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. He is probably best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, but he wrote numerous other works, including The Problem of Pain from where the quotes in this series were taken.

“Offences must come, but woe to those by they come; sins do cause grace to abound, but we must not make that an excuse for continuing to sin. The crucifixion is the best, as well as the worst, of all historical events, but the role of Judas remains simply evil.”

At the school where I used to teach there was a Bible teacher in the high school that drilled into his students a passage from Romans. He would quote the first part:

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (Romans 1:1)

They would respond:

God forbid. (Romans 1:2)

He not only taught them the scripture, but he lived before them in a way that showed he believed God’s word. He also works with inner-city ministries and preaches, carrying that message of forgiveness wherever he goes.

There is and always will be sin in the world. No matter how the dreadfulness of sin is used for the good of God’s glory, we do not have a license to sin. Instead, we strive to obey God’s prescription for life.

C.S. Lewis also said,

“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.”

Think about that.

I Corinthians 10:23-33.

I was looking over some notes I took back in May from our Sunday School class on I Corinthians 10:23-33.

Verse 23 says, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.”

Sometimes I need to distinguish between good and better. Sometimes I must chose NOT to do something, not because of MY conscience, but because of the conscience of the other person.

The messages I took away that day were these:

  1. Don’t ask, “What can I get away with?”, but “How can I best glorify God?”
  2. Love God, love your neighbor.

This is just a small reminder to myself.