One of the joys of my life is reading. While reading you can travel down the street or to far away places, and the places seem to always be expanding. Learning to visualize while reading the Bible, for instance, opens more instructional and inspirational grasp of the meaning. Learning to vividly visualize, you must read or watch some picturing source of the land and times of which you are reading. A noted writer of the 19th Century, Charlotte Bronte, stated in this way:
“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”
The author of Jane Eyre, among other enduring works, puts a thought clearly across to even obtuse souls such as I. Here’s one for the record books:
“The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed.”
And still another worth remembering:
“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.”
We could correctly gather that the sayings, the quotes, are speaking to genuine living from the heart with a working knowledge of the power of the hidden things of the heart and spirit. So many people are sour on life, as one man spoke of the pity of correct, but icy, mechanical recitals with no passion. The bored life is the result of living with no passion for it!
So, what is the thing to be learned from today’s rambling among the timeless thoughts of a long gone English author? Well actually much.
When life is limited to looking around, back, or even forward, we find too much to insight a fear of being caught up with, of failure in the present or a serious setback, even war in the future. The upward look for the Christian is where eternal positive reality is and thus as one song “There’s no disappoint in Jesus.” We can get the new look from the old book, the Bible. We learn, as Charlotte knew, “life is too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs!”
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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