Stay Away From Temptations

It’s easier to do the wrong thing
than to do what’s right
but do the right thing no matter
how hard the temptations may be.

It’s easier to follow the ways of the world,
chasing after prosperity dreams
than to serve The Lord
but serve The Lord no matter what
the monetary rewards may be.

Stay away from temptations,
they are just there to lure you in.
Once you’re in, there’s no easy way out
but there’s always a way out.

Intentions To Listen

Words fail me
when they are needed the most.
I don’t usually know what to say
so I often try to be a good listener
though sometimes my responses
are already sitting on the tip of
my tongue waiting for
the right moment to jump in
and I find myself jumping in
more than I am listening.

My Self-Image

I, too, have struggled with the infamous self-image luggage.
Considering myself to be everything I was not intended to be.

I’ve put labels on myself:

Fat

Ugly

Dumb

Stupid

Worthless

“Too nice”

Socially challenged

Calling myself these things has never made me feel better,
I’ve always felt worst long after I’ve put myself down.

I’ve always wanted to be:

Prettier

Taller

Thinner

Smarter

Richer

Tougher

Meaner

Outgoing

I’ve always starved for a certain level of

Love

Attention

Understanding

Acceptance

Thinking I was preparing myself for the long journey ahead
Not thinking about all the injuries I was inflicting on myself

I just wanted to be fully and completely

Happy

Content

Successful

Comfortable

Normal

“Me”

God Alone

…I was a lost child,
empty and torn
corrupted and confused,
out of control and brainwashed.

Now that I’m awake,
I have started devoting my days
to serving God and God alone.
All my praise, honor, and glory I give to Him.

I don’t miss the days
when I thought that ditching my belief
and skipping with my disbelief
was the cool thing to do.

I was so caught up with everything
concerning the world that I had gotten
accustomed to living a reckless, sinful, and worldly life.
I was into everything that took me away
from God’s unconditional love.

Death Wanted An Invitation

I’ve traveled through
dimensions of pain
so deep I could hardly breathe
or fight off the demons
that tormented me
to the point where death
begged for an invitation in
but I refused to welcome in
something that wanted
to sniff my life away prematurely.