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Topic: Write in the ADVENTURE genre (05/24/07)
- TITLE: A Trail of Light or a Trail of Dark
By Carol Dee Meeks
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To me, my adventure really started when I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart. I have chosen the trail of light. The Apostle Paul tells me in Romans 12:28, “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.” One day soon, the world will come crumbling down and only God’s kingdom will remain. Those who took Him seriously will join Him with everlasting life.
Paul also says, “We are to love others as Christ loved, for He is love.” In Romans 13:1, Paul adds, “Let love of the brethren continue.”
My mission or venture should produce physical results. If I love as Christ loved, I will show strangers hospitality by behaving in a kind and generous manner. Serving and sharing a meal with others in my home, or listening to an evening of conversation from someone who is lonely, or meeting the needs of traveling missionaries are activities Jesus wants me to do. When I am kind and manage some of these activities, I am doing them unto my Lord. The Bible tells me I am to visit the sick, I am to visit the widows, and I am to empathize with those in prison, especially those locked up for Jesus’ sake, and all those who have been treated badly.
In Philippians 4:11, Paul says, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.” He drew on God’s power for strength. I must learn to rely on God’s promises as Paul Did. If I want more than I have, I must ask my Savior to remove this desire because He will supply all my needs, and He knows what is best for me. I must strive to live with less and give from my abundance, savor what I have, don’t dwell on what I don’t have. Money and possessions tarnish and grow as grounds for offspring’s feuds at death.
My journey also includes respecting my husband and our marriage vows. In Hebrews 13:4, I read: “Marriage is to be held in honor among all.” My mom always told me, “The best gift you can give your children is to love their dad.” When times were tough, those words kept me from visiting a divorce lawyer. Staying and ironing out our problems has given me strength and made me fall more in love with my spouse as I watched him work as hard as I did to make our marriage survive. We will soon celebrate forty-three years of marriage. We have had many ups and we have had many downs, but we faced them with each other. We asked for God’s guidance, for His favor, and His direction.
In a changing world, Christ is always the same. My relationship with Him is lasting as long as I keep my focus on Him but it is a lifelong journey. Only when the Holy Spirit dwells inside me and makes me a changed vessel, can I be successful and feel like Jesus Christ approves of my actions. Then and only then, is my venture a choice of light.
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