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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Erosion

One of my favorite books is a collection of poems by Bob Benson. He just seems to write in a way that you feel like you're sitting there with him on the front porch telling stories and sharing the everyday experiences of life. His writings are very easy to understand, practical, and just down to earth. Most of his writings were about the things he loved the most; his family, his Savior, his life. From time to time I'll share some of my favorites with you. Here's the first one, maybe someone needs just a little encouragement today!! Enjoy!!

EROSION

He was a college student--
he seemed so sure,
he was so positive,
he just missed cockiness.
I thought in college
I knew all the answers too
but it seems that someone
has thought up some new questions.
The older you get,
the more inclined you are
to see the risks,
to raise the objections,
to vote against it.
Hastily, we say this is
our superior judgement,
that impetuous youth is gone.
But sometime isn't it really faith
weakenend and corroded
by our failures,
our ill fated ventures,
and our lost battles.
The Master talked of
"the faith of a little child."
There has been a time when each
of my children thought
I could
fix anything,
lick anybody,
answer any questions,
win any race
(ideas that were domed
to be short lived).
But maybe that's what Christ
meant.
God wants you to believe
that He can,
that He has the power.
Sure, you've failed--
but He hasn't.
Sure, you've retreated--
but He didn't.
Sure, you're weak--
but He isn't.
He wants you to believe
with the buoyant,
optimistic,
bright-eyed,
expectant
faith of a little child
rather than the defeated,
pessimistic,
"burned-once"
gloomy,
cynicism of an adult.



From: Laughter in the Walls by Bob Benson, p. 40

1 Comments:

  • "He wants you to believe with the buoyant, optimistic, bright-eyed,
    expectant faith of a little child
    rather than the defeated, pessimistic, "burned-once", gloomy,
    cynicism of an adult."

    Ouch.

    By Blogger LaShay, At 12:22 PM  

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