Proverbs 3:5-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil (NKJV).

In the search for peace, our troubled hearts often cast shadows of doubt that may seem impenetrable. It’s as if our weaknesses takes form and mockingly follow us through this maze called life. They sit in corners with whispering thoughts, snickering at every move as if to discourage our efforts. They align themselves with the powerful, capturing their attention and influencing their decisions. We often feel powerless against them, giving in to their discrete operations designed to gain trust when trust in not offered. Their smiles are countered by the darkness in their eyes, even as rays of sunlight bounces from them. Their hearts are unaffected by your emotional response, their minds unwavering from their intent, and their words penetrate you one letter at a time. Their presence seems to slow the ticking on the wall as the day drags on with little regard to your immediate needs. They gain strength from your ignorance of their will and end their day well, taking with them your stolen spirit, your will, and hope for a better tomorrow.

Cast aside doubt and you will have won the battle; listen not to the discouraging whispers but to the voice of reason, to the small still voice that says I can and will, through Christ who strengthens me. Stay the course, even when you fall behind, ignoring the snickering and see beyond their deceitful smiles. Create your own influence by proving your worth; demonstrate your abilities in everything you do by doing your best at all times and doing all to the glory of God. Keep your spirit high and they cannot steal it from you; return the smile but with reverence, reflecting the sunlight in its true form.  Darkness can only survive where there is no light, be the light and your worst enemy, the one that tries to invade your being, will be no more. For greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).

Written 3/10/2010, modified 6/3/2014