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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Week of April 3, 2016

Did you know that it's National Poetry Month?  I wouldn't have either except that a friend of mine stirs up a daily email chain of poem posts during April.  Studying this week for Sunday kind of synced up with my poetry post today.  I thought it worth mentioning here.


The Post:

On Quitting

BY EDGAR ALBERT GUEST
How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?
You may talk of pluck; it’s an easy word,
And where’er you go it is often heard;
But can you tell to a jot or guess
Just how much courage you now possess?

You may stand to trouble and keep your grin,
But have you tackled self-discipline?
Have you ever issued commands to you
To quit the things that you like to do,
And then, when tempted and sorely swayed,
Those rigid orders have you obeyed?

Don’t boast of your grit till you’ve tried it out,
Nor prate to men of your courage stout,
For it’s easy enough to retain a grin
In the face of a fight there’s a chance to win,
But the sort of grit that is good to own
Is the stuff you need when you’re all alone.

How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you turn from joys that you like a lot?
Have you ever tested yourself to know
How far with yourself your will can go?
If you want to know if you have grit,
Just pick out a joy that you like, and quit.

It’s bully sport and it’s open fight;
It will keep you busy both day and night;
For the toughest kind of a game you’ll find
Is to make your body obey your mind.
And you never will know what is meant by grit
Unless there’s something you’ve tried to quit.

I bet you're thinking of a personality from scripture right now.  Got Paul on the brain?  This poem makes me think of Romans 7.14-25.

We'll look at Paul's conversion story this Third Sunday of Easter. 

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