Small Deaths

Why did I reblog this poem? It is a poetic version of the last thing I posted, https://citizentom.com/2021/08/26/is-making-other-people-do-the-right-thing-the-right-thing-to-do/.

In that last post, we discussed how people build Utopian ideologies to mold the minds and hearts of entire societies. When we do that to other people, even on a small scale, we break them, and we mangle ourselves. We know it is prideful and wrong.

When we allow others to manipulate us into beliefs and deeds we find wrong, we must sear our own consciences. In our cowardice and submission we tempt our tempters towards greater evil.

What is the solution? Well, the Bible offers its wisdom.

Romans 12:2 New American Standard Bible

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

If you are not Christian. Well, God put his moral law in each of our hearts. We know — at least we know until we have seared our consciences — something about what is right and what is wrong.

If you are a Christian? Then we have the Bible. We can read and study it. We can do our best to go beyond that moral law that God instilled within each of our hearts. Instead of pleasing the world, we can strive to please our Lord God.

The Stories In Between

i’ve never felt quite right

wrapped in confusion at the

perceived motivations around me

never really a direction

but displacement from the things

and the ways in which

i found myself incapable of

fitting into the mold

at times like a goldilocks

trying this and trying that

one thing to the next and

back again, nothing fit, no

comfort beyond the temporary

consumption of what they say

what i need, what i should do

and how i should be

again and again lumping myself

into the space they carved out

for me, cutting away the

frowned upon pieces, chunk

by pathetic chunk, but it was never

enough, for the space always

seemed to morph tighter and tighter

with each small death and

the constraining, choking of words

that no one seemed to understand

and it’s true, they’ve broken me

more than once, but it was never

enough, not for them…

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6 thoughts on “Small Deaths

  1. Tom,

    Wisdom is a blessing from God to open our hearts and minds instead of following a path that leads to a smaller and smaller box as the writer’s poem.

    https://livingroomtheology.com/solomon-asked-hearing-heart-not-wisdom/

    Problem is there have been trillions of words of advice about the blessings of faith taught by most religions.

    The problem is we either blogging have never been taught faith, or do listen or hear advice to find faith.
    Instead, we dismiss faith beliefs because of our vanity.

    In my opinion, what I discern of the poem is that the writer is experiencing the emotions and feelings of his heart missing out in life on the blessing of faith.

    “Seek and you will find…….”

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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