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Set in our ways. A common phrase that describes the way we all do life. We have these strands of life, these paths that we follow, and they navigate our lives. Whether you realize it or not, we all live our lives for a set of rewards that we desire. Our quest for these rewards keep us constantly visiting these same paths or ways of doing things. We keep doing the same things because they work for us. But we keep revisiting the same paths because they never work for very long.

We commonly blow off these paths to others. We downplay how important these rituals are to us with a “that’s just the way I do things” statement. When confronted or questioned about they way we are, we usually say, “You just don’t understand.” Then continue down these crooked, well-worn paths we know so well.

Today I’m confronted by the reality that these paths are sin. When I feel rejected, and I long for safety, and I walk down the path of anxious control, I’m trading the eternal love found in worshipping Christ for my quick-fix self-worship path. So easily I set my eyes on things that do not last. So often I center my life around my self instead of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh[a]
and refreshment[b] to your bones.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”

“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” Helen H. Lemmel 1922

Sometimes the right way is the most uncomfortable. Repentance is in turning and walking a different way.

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My sweet Solomon at 10 weeks old.

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