Monday, June 23, 2014

My Life's Lines

"The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.

The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me."
Psalm 16:5-6

Stand behind your man

Two are better than one because 
they have a good return for their labor. 
For if either of them falls, the one will lift up 
his companion. 
But woe to the one who falls 
when there is not another to lift him up. 
Furthermore, if two lie down together 
they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? 
And if one can overpower him who is alone, 
two can resist him. 
A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Don't Quit

Poems from “The Best Love Poems of the American People”

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, 
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must - but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow - 
You might succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt - 
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit - 
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.


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Philippians 4:4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. 
The Lord is near.  
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer 
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests 
be made known to God.  
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, 
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, 
whatever is of good repute, 
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,
dwell on these things.  
The things you have learned and received and heard 
and seen in me, practice these things, 
and the God of peace will be with you.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Be the Best of Whatever You Are

from “The Best Love Poems of the American People”

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley - but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass - 
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail - 
Be the best of whatever you are!

Douglas Malloch

Psalm 90:16-17

Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

Praise the LORD!