Monday, August 16

Cling to What is Good

Today, I’m happy to bring you the next in the series Behave Like a Christian. It’s entitled Cling to What is Good. It is a poem entitled Beauty Exposed by Keith Wallis.

It is based on Romans 12:9c, “Cling to what is good.” (NKJV) The New Living Translation states it this way, “Hold tightly to what is good.” And The Message says, “Hold on for dear life to good.”

The Greek word for ‘cling’ or ‘hold’ means to cleave, join together, glue, cement, unite, join firmly. ‘Good’ is being morally honorable, pleasing to God, and therefore beneficial to the Kingdom and others.

When Barnabas went to Antioch, he was glad to see the grace of God at work and “continuously exhorted (warned, urged, and encouraged) them all to cleave unto and remain faithful to and devoted to the Lord with [resolute and steady] purpose of heart.” (Acts 11:23b Amp)

Cling to God in the trials and afflictions of life, for then is…

Beauty Exposed

Winds may cuff wild raging blows,
salty draughts scour and purge,
suns may blister, boil, and burn,
snows may clothe and ice grip,
but you survive.
This seed fell on rocky ground
a sea-birds transient sentry post.
Tenacious roots peeked and seeked
sustenance in hidden places,
survival driven – you endure.
And on this drab day with sad grey sky
and crying cloud
you add colour
and joy
and hope for those
who, like you, root in hard places.

~~The beauty of our lives grows out of the hard places when we cling to what is good, rooted in God, the Rock of our salvation.

17 Responses

  1. lynnmosher Says:

    Thanks, sweetie! So happy to see that awesome face of yours! Blessings to you!

  2. Lynn and Keith.. great idea to post in poetry in this series! Thank you.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Love this, and love Keith's poem--of course, I love all of Keith's poetry. Thanks for the blessing.

  4. Love it! Needed it today!

  5. When you are surrounded by bad, there is always a single strand of "good" that god provides. I love that you tell us to 'cling' to it. It's a lifeline to sanity!

  6. Thanks for sharing this. I always enjoy poetry, and this is just what I needed today.

  7. lynnmosher Says:
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  8. lynnmosher Says:

    Marja, thanks so much, sweetie!

    Linda, thanks so much. Keith is a goodun!

    Stephanie, so glad you like it!

    Bless you all!

  9. lynnmosher Says:

    David, Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm honored. You are so is our lifeline! Bless you!

  10. lynnmosher Says:

    Thanks so much, dear Connie! I know, as a poet, you enjoy reading others. Happy you stopped by. Blessings to you!

  11. Teresa Says:

    Beautiful poetry! Thank you for utilizing the gifts of God within all of these people!

  12. Oh, I love this! It echoes my heart's desire to "cling to the good" and "root in hard places".

  13. lynnmosher Says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Teresa! I love seeing you here! Bless you!

  14. lynnmosher Says:

    Angel, Thanks so much for your sweet words. I know they make Keith happy as well as me! Bless you!

  15. What a beautiful post!
    I'm clinging!

  16. lynnmosher Says:

    Hey, sweet Becky! Thanks so much for commenting. Makes my heart happy to see you! Blessings to you!