Thursday, October 11, 2012

An old lady

I came across this writing tucked inside a book today. I guess as I am getting older, it relates more to me!! Ha!! So take a minute and enjoy!! "Our words become the mirrors in which other people see themselves." That is a huge responsibility and a powerful privilege. You are going to meet an old lady someday. Down the road, ten, twenty, thirty years, she`s waiting for you. You will catch up to her. What kind of old lady are you going to meet? She may be a seasoned, soft and gracious lady. A lady who has grown old gracefully, surrounded by a host of friends, friends who call her blessed because of what her life has meant to them. She may be a bitter, disillusioned, dried-up cynical old buzzard, without a good word for anyone or anything- soured, friendless, alone. The kind of old lady you will meet will depend entirely upon you. She will be exactly what you make of her, nothing more, nothing less. It is up to you. You will have no one else to credit or blame. Everyday, in every way, you are becoming more and more like that old lady. You are getting to look more like her, think more like her and talk more like her. You are becoming her If you live only in terms of what you are getting out of life, the old lady gets smaller, drier, harder, crabbier, more self-centered. Open you life to others. Thinking in terms of what you can give and your contribution to life, and the old lady grows larger, softer, kinder, greater. These little things, seemingly so unimportant now, attitudes, goals, ambitions, desires, are adding up inside where you cannot see them, crystalizing in your heart and mind. The point is these things don`t always show up immediately. But they will, sooner than you think. Some day they will harden into that old lady, nothing will be able to soften or change them then. The time to take care of that old lady is right now, today. Examine your motives, attitudes, goals. Check up on her. Work her over now while she is still pliable, sill in a formative condition. Then you will be much more likely to meet a lovely, gracious old lady at the proper time. Which one of the fruits of the Spirit do you need to fertilize with prayer to make it grow in your life? "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithgulness, gentleness and self-control." Galations 5:22

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