July 2008


Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, do not go on it; turn from it and pass on.  For they cannot sleep unless they have caused trouble and vexation; their sleep is taken away unless they have caused someone to fall.  For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.  But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day [to be prepared].  The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.                                                              Proverbs 4:14-19

Ever sit back and study those around you?  I mean, simply observe while consciously attempting not to add to the drama that personality always seems to stir up?  I have.  Believe me, it’s not a pretty picture.  Sometimes, the person may actually be pretty smooth with it.  They’re practiced enough to stir their cauldron of  trouble without making it obvious that’s what they intended (and secretly love) to do.  Then, there are the ones who are so obvious with it, that they couldn’t hide it if they tried.  Although they may have been practicing most of their lives, they just haven’t graduated to the upper levels of the craft of manipulation.  Yet, it still doesn’t seem to keep them from trying.   

Personalities like these can be extremely hard to deal with at times.  Yet, at other times they seem to be the nicest of people.  Often, they can appear to be syrupy sweet-  usually, right after they’ve cooked something up.  It seems to make them most pleased with themselves.  Like, the verse reads, “They cannot sleep unless they have caused trouble and vexation. They cannot sleep unless they can cause someone to fall.”   It’s always best to keep people who exhibit this form of behavior as a major part of their personality at a distance.  As written above, “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, do not go on it; turn from it and pass on.” 

You can walk the path of light while they are feasting on wickedness and gulping goblets of violence .  Don’t get involved with their plans or schemes.  Don’t let them con you into “stirring the pot” for a little while.  As children of God, it is our duty and great privilege to walk paths that are lit by the lamp of God’s Word.  Darkness is no place for a believer.  Jesus is our Lord and we are to walk His way.  His way is like the light of morning dawn, which shines brighter and brighter the more you travel it.  You’ll have to make a conscious choice not to go down the wrong road.  It’s really about seeing the roads and ways for what they are… and then deciding which path to take.  Here in the 4th chapter of Proverbs, we find it spelled out for us once again.  The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.”   So, if you’re fond of stumbling and all of the trappings that go with it, then keep on stirring your kettle of mess.  However, if you long for wisdom and to walk in the blessing, get into God’s word and begin walking His path.

Be Blessed!

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Alright, Alright, Alright!  To anybody who doesn’t know it, I happen to work the nightshift!  When most people are getting ready for bed, I’m just coming in to work.  Do I hate it?  NO!  Do I love it?  Yes!  Are there any drawbacks?  Of course.  Yet, there are also a great number of benefits. It suits me for this season of my life.  I know I won’t always be able to work this shift so I’m grateful for it and enjoying it while I can.

I’ve always been a “night” person.  When I was a child, I loved staying up late and sleeping late, which I could do in the summer for the most part.  Later in life, I remember sleeping through many an early morning class… I always tried to schedule them for 10:00 a.m. or later- the later the better!  Of course, those 8:00 and 9:00 classes always seemed to slip into my schedule!   Now, as an adult, I actually have a job that I enjoy- working hours I would have never dreamed of!   I think it’s a hoot and I praise God for it!  It’s so important to make the most of every season of your life.  I’m so glad that my present season includes a nightshift. 

So for the many daytimers out there… I hope you’ll have a great day at work while I’m busy catching some ZZZZZZ’s!  Oooooh….the night shift!