Daily Thoughts, January 16, 2000
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Strolling through Chelsea I knew I was ok. My life is together, family intact, and my focus is on God. Going on through the day only confirmed my confidence. Then I met Gary. Looking at Gary’s life led me to conclude that he desperately needs an injection of smarts. His life is an ongoing combination of bad decisions, questionable choices, and relationship conflicts. He needs advice, leadership, and mentoring! A friend sat him down before we enjoyed a great dinner and birthday cake together and gave him some advice.

I wonder if I should have got in line for the advice! Is my life any different? Do I want an honest look under the hood? Do I want to know my own weaknesses and failings? Sure, the details are different, but what about the fundamental problem? Granted the choices he made I are not ones I admire, but are the ones I make really any better? Are the things that drive our lives any good?

“Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn’t so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.” (Romans 2.2,3)

On bad days, I am hiding in life just like everyone else. I am trying to make it on my own, seeking to find a bit of happiness and peace. I want someone to understand and love me. I am looking for a place to call home and family. I keep trying to wipe my eyes so I can see a bright future where every dream will come true.

On good days, I am hiding in life just like everyone else. I accept what God is offering me, feeling the warmth and love wrap around me with the strength of eternal peace. I see, know, and accept the God who loves me while knowing who and what I am. I find a place were I will always be a child. I see a future beyond imagination.

Where will we hide today?

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