What would happen in a world like this
If we stopped cursing and started to bless
Those who have hurt us, those we fear?
Who would do this? Who would dare?
What would happen if we took a stand
Against injustice in our land
By looking first at our own hearts?
Who could then throw judgment darts?
What would happen if we de-cluttered our homes,
Sang more songs and wrote more poems,
Listened far more and said far less?
What would we gain? What would we miss?
What would happen if we were less prepared
For our own emergency and we shared
Half of our stash with those who had none?
How would we feel when we were done?
What would happen if we took down fences,
Stopped looking through distorted lenses,
Saw every child as God’s creation?
What would happen in our world and nation?
What would happen if Christmas meant
A lifestyle change instead of an event?
Christmas Gift Suggestion
During Christmas season, at least for a day, many people set aside anger, temporarily let go of grudges, and forgive those who’ve hurt them. Making this a lifestyle change is more challenging.
It requires cooperation with God. My hashtag “choosing grace” refers to the effective combination of interaction with God’s grace and personal responsibility which brings about lasting change.
Chapter seven in Emotional Freedom (“A Dynamic Dance with the Gardener”) explains what it means to “Choose Grace.”
When we are choosing, day-by-day, to live in a close relationship with Jesus—relying on his favor, depending on him to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves, and trusting him to meet our needs—God’s grace empowers us so that we can overcome our destructive and addictive desires and emotions. (p.51 Emotional Freedom)
This book would be a great gift for those who want to start the New Year by learning how to habitually
(1) choose self-control instead of destructive anger,
(2) move from resentment into joy and
(3) extend mercy instead of clinging to unforgiveness.