"Just One Lighthouse" photography and poetry by Gena Buskirk-Ford, Gateway PhotoArtistryTM. To purchase photo or photo merchandise featuring "Just One Lighthouse" go to http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/photowithpoetry/h4cb12212#h4cb12212.
Life is too short.
Our country has experienced so much pain through the bombings in Boston, my church pastor is facing a serious life-threatening situation in the hospital and every family has their own challenges they are facing.
Life is too short to be angry with one another,
to not extend grace,
to forget to say, “I love you,”
to withhold help to those in need,
to choose not to “walk in someone else’s shoes,”
to assume the worst,
to seek revenge,
to hold a grudge,
to be petty,
to be prideful,
to resist the gift of forgiveness,
to refuse to forgive,
to not talk things out,
to not hear someone,
to not speak the truth with love,
to turn away from the truth that hurts,
to run from healing,
to not find the courage to do the right thing,
to be apathetic,
to reject remorse,
to walk away from a hug,
to break up a family,
to believe we can don’t need a friend,
to be too busy to pray.
Wouldn’t it be great if we did unto others as we wanted them to do for us? We expect so much from others, but then when we don’t choose to do what is morally right or best for ourselves or others, we wonder why we stand alone and isolated. Or, maybe, when you have done the “right thing,” and you’ve been judged wrongly for it, you refuse to do the right thing again because the pain was too much.
I don’t stand in judgment because I am guilty of choosing to do everything on that list above, but through God’s grace and patience, I am learning to do them less. I will not be “perfected” until I see the Lord Jesus “face-to-face,” and this place we call our temporary home will be replaced with a new earth where there are no tears, no pain, and no hate.
I have not regretted choosing to do “the right thing” even when it didn’t turn out the way I expected it because I can live with myself. I wish I made those choices more often than I do.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law,” Galatians 5:22-23.
Can you live with the decisions you’ve made?
Life is too short not to seek the One who never sinned. Jesus gave Himself to receive the sin of the world so that we may be forgiven and live life eternally free, even when we don’t choose to “do the right thing."
Life is too short not to be a beacon of hope for someone. It only takes one lighthouse…just one lighthouse…to show someone the way home. Or better yet, point them to the Lighthouse that never goes out -- Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the LIFE.
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