How many of you guys out there remember a 1969 hit tune written by Paul Anka and recorded by both Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr entitled, “I Did It My Way?” I loved the lyrics of that song and it’s smooth melody. As I have grown older, I have learned to appreciate it’s message even more and more.
Within the last few years, (that is, since I’ve moved into the Octogenarian age), seemingly the messages from heaven have been for me to get my house in order. I took that advice to mean…get your AFFAIRS in order. And so, that is what I have been doing. And, do you know what? I feel relieved.
The lyrics to the following poem entitled “Time To Clean House Or I Threw It Out!”, says it all…
As I look back on my life, I decided to throw out WORRYING, It was getting old and in the way. It kept me from being me. I couldn't do things my way, like the song says. I threw out those INHIBITIONS; they were just crowding me out. Made room for my NEW GROWTH, got rid of my old dreams and doubts. I threw out a book on MY PAST (didn't have time to read it anyway). Replaced it with NEW GOALS, started reading it every day. I threw out childhood toys (remember how I treasured them so?) Got me a NEW PHILOSOPHY, too. Threw out the one from long ago. Brought in some new books, too, called I CAN, I WILL, and I MUST. Threw out I might, I think, and I ought. WOW, you should've seen the dust! I called up a GOOD FRIEND, have known Him for awhile. His name is GOD. Yes, I really like His style. He helped me to do some cleaning and added some things Himself. Like PRAYER, HOPE and FAITH. Yes, and I put them on the shelf. I picked up this special thing and placed it at the front door. I FOUND IT... it's called PEACE. Hallelujah! Nothing gets me down anymore. Yes, I've got my house looking pretty nice. Looks good around this ole place. For things like WORRY and TROUBLE 'taint no more space. It's good to do a little house cleaning. To get rid of old things on the shelf. It sure makes things brighter... Maybe you should TRY IT FOR YOURSELF!!! My Prayer for you...
My Darling, Jesus! There are so many things that we want to praise You for. This especially includes Your grace and Your mercy towards me and all others who are reading this blog. There are so many growing pains that You correct in our lives, that help to make our existence worthwhile. We appreciate You taking the time to help us make corrections in our life styles that need eliminating. So, continue to wash and clean up these old houses. Make us white as snow and cause us to shine like the morning sun. We have grown tired and weary of our old ways and want to earnestly ‘turn over a new leaf’ and do it Your way. Forgive us Lord. For with You, all things are possible! And we will forever give you all the praise and all the glory. Amen and Amen!
Scripture Lesson: “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do. Enjoy life with your (spouse), whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:7, 9
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