Now and then, it is good to distinguish between our needs and our wants. Needs are food, water, shelter, and clothing. Once we realize we do not have to make ourselves wrong to deliver an apology, we will experience a new power. Parents who do not allow their children to experience failure or sadness give them a false view of the world and do not prepare them for the harsh realities of the adult life. Relationships have a good chance of improving when both partners are willing to look at themselves and make some adjustments or changes.
The frailty and brevity of human life can be represented by the twin metaphors of withering grass and fading flowers, but the Word of God stands forever. The Godly have so many true riches to enjoy: glory, goodness, grace, knowledge, mercy, and wisdom. It is so sad when so many try so desperately to acquire the uncertain riches of this world. The less people know, the more they think they know; the more people know, the less they think they know. The prevailing spirit of today’s society includes self-indulgence, lust, greed, materialism, excess, cheating, and pride. All are sinful and transgress God’s law. We must not be swayed by the perverse reasoning of the “politically correct world.” We must allow God’s Word to guide us. Youngsters and the inexperienced (ignorant) would do well to seek the advice of older people; chances are they have been there.
Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?
Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.