Poetry reveals to us the loveliness of nature, brings back the freshness of youthful feelings, reviews the relish of simple pleasures, keeps unquenched the enthusiasm which warmed the springtime of our being, refines youthful love, strengthens our interest in human mature, by vivid delineations of its tenderest and softest feelings, and through the brightness of its prophetic visions, helps faith to lay hold on the future life.
— William E. Channing
In our haste, we all too rarely enjoy the gentle breeze of purpose that carries us forward in the light of a mighty God. How is it that we are so quickly blinded by the scattered events of a day? How it is that we’re so easily lost?
The seasons of mind are capricious and generally unreliable in their leanings. Mood and temperament stir both good days and bad, and enjoyment is so often interrupted by discontent and despair.
The life of purposeful intention must be lived daily, my friend. We must find ways to release the mind held captive by the sway of emotion or apathy. It could be a single word, a sound, an unusual light or a simple fragrance that turns the mind towards greater things.
We should practice directing the mind towards the things that will elevate our view of life. We need to see in ourselves and our activities the important relationships and connections with other people and events. We must heighten our senses so that our influence is felt as part of life’s delicate balance.
Day 24 Guide
Affirm this: “God’s purpose for me is constant and inexhaustible. Daily, I will seek the presence of His direction.”
© 2005, Levi Hill