I’m turning over a new leaf. And whenever I turn a page, there’s an involuntary reflex to smooth down that page—flushing the air out. Yeah, about that: please forgive the vulgarity, but yeah—the air really needs flushing.
FIELD OF TULIPS!
The Lord Jesus Christ is a Fountainhead of never-ending blessing, a flowing River of joy to those who are thankful for the Cross. The water of the Word is a protective moat, separating us from the world’s heinous vileness. This is my new leaf: I am already separated physically. By God’s mercy, may I also be separate in my mind and speech.
GREEN GRASS AND SUNSHINE!
Historically, I’m a Perpetually Positive Polyanna Person. I rarely look at the headlines, and don’t watch scary movies. Lately, though, my conversation (and my blog) have been highly seasoned with negative vibes. So I am today (once again) turning that page. “Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it”. [from the Serenity Prayer]
The catalyst for today’s fresh start was two-fold: one friend spoke to me yesterday about the desire for more joyful conversation. Then, at the end of the day, I enjoyed the company of someone who has learned how to do it. So today I’ve decided: without ignoring the calling to carefully consider creepy conundrums, I think I can find a way to yet be a blessing of cheer, joy, and fun. And I pray that it will be contagious.
Just like the lawyer who leaves his briefcase at work and goes home for family night, I hereby declare a selective moratorium on my mouth.
Ps. 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
Php. 4:8 …whatever is true… honorable… right… pure… lovely… good repute… excellence… worthy of praise, dwell on these things