January 25, 2016

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

When I was in college Hemingway was my novelist and Frost was my poet. I recently came across this article that says I may have been reading one of my favorite Frost poems incorrectly all these years:
http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/09/11/the-most-misread-poem-in-america/. Even words we learned long ago and think we know well need to be revisited and reevaluated from time to time. The above verse hasn’t changed throughout the years but it has had lots of different applications. Most of us have little sayings we learned early in life that have guided us. Jesus certainly gave us many good ones- do unto others as you would have done to you; let he who is without sin cast the first stone; it is more blessed to give than receive. It is not the memorization of these that make them so vital. It is the way we apply them, or fail to apply them, in specific situations throughout our lives that prove their worth. This week think about the maxims you memorized and hold as true, particularly those from Jesus. What are you doing with them now?


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