Accepting Defeat (Victory)

Accepting Defeat (Victory)
I am willing to accept defeat When the day is over, and nothing else is offered to me I’ll accept it I’ll take that defeat And I’ll try to slog through life under it I am redefined by this defeat I’m defeated And I try to live through that
I feel defeated Life defeats me Again, and again And, whether I accept it or not, I know I don’t have it all figured out And I think there are only two options Defeat or denial I can live in the grueling truth of defeat Or I can throw myself into a never satisfying life of denial So mix together Your brand of defeat and denial And try to live life Just like everyone else Because defeat is loud And denial tries to be louder To drown out the pain of defeat
I am willing to accept defeat When nothing else is offered And I’m too tired to try and get something else out of life I’ll take that defeat And I’ll try to cover it up Not to let anyone else see That I’m defeated And that no amount of poetry can give me victory But I’ll pretend it will
And I can stay

My City, a Poem

I’ve been building myself a city A city of accomplishment A city of schedules A city of success A city of answers
This city of mine It’s full to the brim with everything you need It has walls stronger than Jericho Walls to keep everyone out Unless I open the gates
But  Whenever anyone knocks I remember the Trojan horse And I keep those gates shut Because it might be a trap What looks beautiful might end up ruining me So I keep my Jericho walls up Building them with whatever I can find And I don’t see That this city I’m building Isn’t much of a city after all The only thing real about it Are the walls that keep everyone out
These walls They hurt me And when I really see them I want them to come down But I don’t know how to make it happen
Within this city I dig, and I dig for answers All in this city All by myself And as I get closer and closer I see That what I’m uncovering isn’t the solution It’s just a bigger picture of the problem So I stare at it Trying to see some way around it Then I hastily shove some dirt over it Be…

Love and Truth (God is Love part four)

"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." - 1 Corinthians 13:6
Here we come to the second-to-last post in my series God is Love, going through 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and discovering how the various attributes of love adhere to God, because He is love (1 John 4:16).

First up, what does delighting in evil look like?

Well, we know that evil and sin are the same thing (in the ESV version it says "[Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing," aka, sin), thus sin is evil, and doing evil is sin.

You could rephrase the first part of that verse as "Love does not delight in sin."

Man, that packs a punch.

Love doesn't delight in sin.

But, we've still got the question, what does delighting in sin look like?

It looks like being glad when we've rejected or ignored God in favor of our own ways. It looks like enjoying other people's failures so we can feel better about ourselves.

Delighting in sin takes lots of forms, but it always ends up being an empt…

Love is About Others (God is Love part three)

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
And here we continue in the God is Love series with two things that love does not do, and two things that love isn't.

"[Love] does not dishonor others"
Honor and dishonor are values that in some cultures and of central value, but in America, they aren't commonly used, so it's important to ask, what does dishonoring others mean?

To dishonor is to insult, to shame others. It is to attempt to take honor (respect, reverence) away from someone through hurtful means. 

Dishonor never comes from a place of love, dishonor tries to hurt others,  it comes from places of jealousy and malice, but clearly not from places of love.

Because love doesn't shame others. It doesn't try to hurt them or to lower them.

Love seeks to build others up, to encourag…

Worthless to Priceless (The Cross)

I've been on vacation over the past week, so in lieu of a continuation of my God is Love series today I've decided to post a bit of poetry that I wrote while on vacation, I hope you enjoy!
Two words so similar yet complete opposites they begin with worth end with not and they are us
The first is our beginning worthless without value there is no price small enough for worthless it lacks worth value it is worth nothing it is nothing worthless
The second can be our future priceless infinite value there is no price high enough for priceless beyond worth value it is worth so much is it invaluable priceless
We start out as worthless without value but ever desperate to gain it we throw ourselves at anything we think will give us worth and our hearts grow heavy when it fails us worthless