Right Things Wrong

Right things wrong and wrong things right; just two more things to add to my thoughts at night! 
What about the right things I did do, though?!  Don’t those ever show?
  Not as brightly, it doesn’t seem.  Toward the negatives, it feels that people lean. 
My wrong things right at least shine bright! 
Who cares about the right things wrong?!  No one notices them, at least not for long. 
There is a lesson to be learned here, I cannot see it, although I feel it is near. 
If I try to do right and no one is within sight, do my good deeds shine?  Or do people still judge me for every little crime?
If I do things wrong and my bad ways don’t last very long, is this the way I will be viewed?  Every person’s thoughts of me skewed? 
I guess it doesn’t really matter, no matter what people will always chatter.
  I’ll keep doing what I do; hopefully, the right things shine through! 
People can judge all they want, one day in their weaving web; they’ll be caught!
Only one can truly judge me…  And that’s the lesson. I finally see!

(Right Things Wrong is a poem by Justin Heupel) (Photo by Photo by Andrej Lišakov on Unsplash)

Peace

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding”.-Albert Einstein

  • In Leviticus 26:6 the lord says, “I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid”
  • Psalm 29:11 states that the lord gives strength to his people; and that the Lord blesses his people with peace. 
  • The prophet Isaiah declares in 32:18 that his people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest
  • Psalms 4:8 reminds us that in peace we can lie down and sleep, for the lord alone makes us dwell in safety. 

Einstein speaks about peace in a very abstract way.  What I feel he is saying is that we cannot force inner peace on ourselves.  We must learn to understand ourselves and in doing so eventually find peace.  One place we can find peace in the meantime is in scripture and prayer.  Scripture reports the amazing gift of peace that the lord has given us the ability to obtain.  In him we know we can find peace.  When we are sad, we can bring our burdens to him, we can lie down and not be afraid.  Today you can seek peace in the lord . He will guide you and keep your path straight.

(Photo by Colton Duke)

Intrigued by Integrity

Do you want it?  Go get it!  I’m not finished!  Still, things left to prove, and not to you! 
I didn’t leave it all out there, now I will; no matter what, I don’t care! 
After all the hard work I put in, not to try would be a sin!
  Many think I will not succeed, and to my anguish, it will lead.
  To them, I say this:  I will never quit, no matter what the obstacle, I will push through it! 
I’ve faced ambiguity before, through that, I soar! 
I thrive on people’s doubt of me, any other way I would not have it be! 
I know the odds are against me, but I don’t care, can’t you see?! 
If not, then you will, in me there lingers a destiny to fill! 
I won’t let myself down; not this time…  Just wait, victory will be mine!

(Intrigued by Integrity is a poem by Justin Heupel) (Photo by Jay Wennington)

Prove to others and more importantly yourself that you can remain sober!

The first thing that comes to my mind when I consider this statement is that “motivation comes from action.”  What that means is that when we start doing something, we are more apt to continue doing something.  Not only that, but everyone has to start somewhere.  A key component of remaining sober is the motivation to do so. The first day might be stressful, but remember that after you get that first day in, you are more apt to continue to stay sober.  If you would like to consider this from a scientific perspective, think of Newton’s first law of motion: “an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion.”  Take that first step! Once you have taken action and get your sobriety in motion, the motivation to continue to stay sober will begin to manifest and slowly but surely remain in motion.

The other thing I think of when I consider that statement is the motivation I get from proving others wrong and right.  Chances are (if your experience is anything like mine), you have made some choices that have affected others in negative ways.  Whether they believe you are serious about your recovery or not, how gratifying is it to either prove them wrong or make them proud by proving them right.    We have all heard the saying, “actions speak louder than words.”  What better way to prove yourself than by taking that step and getting through your day sober?!  Today you can remain sober! Today you can prove to others and more importantly yourself that you can!

(Photo by Nik)