The following poetic writers help to highlight that one should focus their energy on giving aid and helping others to overcome their obstacles in life.

Awareness

Miriam Teichner

God - let me be aware.
Let me not stumble blindly down the ways,
Just getting somehow safely through the days,
Not even groping for another hand,
Not even wondering why it all was planned,
Eyes to the ground unseeking for the light,
Soul never aching for a wild-winged flight.
Please, keep me eager just to do my share,
God - let me be aware.

God - let me be aware.
Stab my soul fiercely with others' pain,
Let me walk seeing horror and stain.
Let me hands, groping, find other hands.
Give me the heart that divines, understands.
Give me the courage, wounded, to fight.
Flood me with knowledge, drench me in light.
Please keep me eager just to do my share.
God - let me be aware.


If You Can't Find Joy
Greta Zwaan, © 2008

If you can't find joy in your daily life, have you walked away from the source?
Are you letting your problems fill up your heart, are you living in daily remorse?
Does your life feel empty, unchallenged and dull? Is fulfillment not treasure enough?
Do you feel rejected unneeded, dismayed; is your road so lonely and rough?

Are you searching for treasures beyond your reach, for goals you cannot obtain?
Are you placing your trust in the gold of this world - a substance that will not remain?
Have you been persuaded that life is fulfilled when power is in your control?
Are you surrounded by thoughts of success to the point you've forgotten your soul?
Have you not heard that man is but dust and all earthly efforts are vain?
Are you so centered on what you achieve that other's advice you disdain?
What will you do when your plans are fulfilled? Will you sit back in your pride and your glee?
Will you tell the whole world of what you've achieved and proudly shout, "World! Look at me!"?

Friend, I must tell you, your works aren't your own, there's nothing on earth you possess,
You may have titles to deeds and great wealth, things here on earth to caress.
But God is the owner, Creator of all, who allows you this privilege, this joy.
It's here for a moment and gone in a flash, so quickly time comes to destroy.

Lay not up treasures down here on earth, let not this be your concern.
Life in eternity holds your rewards, investments that bring great return.
Give back to God all that is His, not just the things you can spare,
You'll find more fulfillment, more peace in your heart, when you willingly give what you share.

God will reward you for giving to Him, more than your heart could request;
His shovel is bigger than any sized pails, be ready to be richly blessed.


Josiah's Example
Greta Zwaan, © 1999

The wickedness and sin that caused the blood to flow,
brought wrath and anger from the lips of God.
The promises He made had all been cast aside
by heathen worship that the people wrought.

These people bore His name, were guided by His light,
yet constantly they walked the road of sin.
They heeded not His laws, rejected holy ways,
and blatantly let Satan enter in.

God's patience did endure and mercy did abound,
yet never did repentance show its face.
The final line was drawn, the depth of sin too deep,
and God no longer handed out His grace.

The punishment announced, the years of sin were tolled,
and no one could reverse the judgment call.
The wickedness of the king that drew the people down
had finally come and reached them, one and all.

Josiah came to rule, a lad of eight years old,
who recognized that God should be obeyed.
He broke the altars down, and set the groves aflame,
and brought to justice leaders that had strayed.

He cleaned the house of God, and found the Books of Law;
commandments that were meant to guide man's way.
So day by day he worked until the way was cleared,
and folks would seek God's face; they'd come to pray.

But God could not reverse the judgement He'd proclaimed,
the punishment for sin was bound to come.
Josiah's life was good, and God declared it so,
but those who sinned must pay the final sum.

God did defer the time until Josiah's death
because he served the Lord with heart and soul.
But when his life was o'er, God's wrath was set at large,
to punish, to destroy and bring control.

Will mankind ever learn that God is quite sincere?
That what He's written will all come about?
It seems that sin abounds, that folks are nonchalant,
but God still has control, there is no doubt.

If we cannot discern the deepest will of God,
that man was made to glorify His name,
We need to read The Word, to listen to His voice,
and like Josiah, all God's laws proclaim.


It's Not About You!
Greta Zwaan, © 2010

Life wasnít meant to be easy, a time to lay down and rest,
Lifeís a process of learning with many a trial and test.
Lifeís not a bed of sweet roses or a sunny beach on the shore,
The hurdles we face are many, thereís much that one must endure.

Yet all the while we are traveling God is fully aware,
Weíre pilgrims, this place is not permanent, a wee space of time that we share.
But we have a mission, a duty, a call to the lost must go out,
The message of Jesus the Saviour is what our journeyís about.

Itís true, weíll find much rejection, many will treat us with scorn,
But life was not meant to be easy, at best we might feel quite forlorn.
He knows when you feel like a failure, He knows when your plans donít succeed,
He feels the pressure youíre facing, He knows where your future will lead.

Take heart, the Master of Glory knows when youíre tattered and torn;
Thereís nothing thatís hid from the Saviour, the sins that cause you mourn.
When folks reject what you stand for, the message that falls on deaf ears,
The personal message of Jesus that caused Him the taunts and the jeers.

Try to remember your calling, this whole thing is not about you;
God has requested your service, and to that mission you need to be true.
Godís not concerned about numbers, itís faithfulness that He desires,
You take the message of Jesus; the Spiritís the One who inspires.

Leave the results with the Saviour, diligently pray and prod;
Earnestly follow His guidance, and leave the results up to God.


Quotations for personal reflection:

Daily, quiet attention to the Word of God...even if it is only for a few minutes, will become for me the focal point of everything. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Things are changed by a faith that defies obstacles and laughs at impossibilities. Nicky Gumbel

Worship strengthens you. It gives you a sense of God's presence and ultimately His protection and provision.
T.D. Jakes

Daily, quiet attention to the Word of God...even if it is only for a few minutes, will become for me the focal point of everything.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:6 ESV

Let a man set his heart only on doing the will of God and he is instantly free.
A.W. Tozer

You cannot be aware of who is in desperate need of help unless you are first willing to move outside of your personal comfort zone.
Byron R. Pulsifer


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