by Jay O'Toole
We live much of life amid unique choices. Joy is anchored in The One beyond our life.
"Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.
One fails forward toward success."
C. S. Lewis
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis
“I have come home at last!
This is my real country!
I belong here.
This is the land
I have been looking for all my life,
though I never knew it till now...
Come further up, come further in!”
― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
How many souls can live life large
to be of the world, renowned?
How many of us live our charge,
and by the few be found?
To look upon our own life's song,
we hear notes out-of-tune.
To measure all the good and wrong,
so many things we'd prune.
Our vision is so narrow, small.
We harshly judge our day.
We tend to see no good at all
in our own limited display.
But God would have us be as kind
to Self as other folks
for Self is often terribly blind,
and at the mirror jokes.
"The Lord sees not as humans see
for man sees just the face.
The Lord looks on the heart to free,
and show His matchless grace."
(I Samuel 16:7, KJV)
Can we in kindness see our lives,
though small as being great?
Can we wait 'til the Lord arrives
to judge our life's lone plate?
For something small as the life each lives
is great when He's in charge.
Salvation in Christ freely gives
us life to live so large.
by Jay O’Toole
on May 19th, 2023