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Letter From Dan Dowd - January 8, 2021

Letter From Dan Dowd

January 8, 2021

Sabbath Thought - If (Spiritual Speaking)

Some time back I was reminded of a poem written by Rudyard Kipling titled "If."  It is a great reminder to hold onto right principles in life, and I was struck by the spiritual application of it as well.  To that end I did some revising of his poem to more directly reflect a spiritual application.  Below is my effort: If (Spiritually Speaking) - with regards to Rudyard Kipling.

If you can keep your crown when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust in Me when all men doubt Me,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can patiently wait and not be tired waiting,

Or, being lied about you don't lie in return,

Or, being hated don't give way to hating,

And remain humble and not wise in your own eyes;

 

If you can have the vision of My Kingdom

And keep Me only as your focus and Master;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two teachers just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth I have given

Twisted by unlearned to ensnare those weak,

Or watch the fruits of your labor callously broken,

But sigh and build again in the example of Christ;

 

If you can see all of your blessings removed

And watch as sinners are seemingly blessed;

And remember that this life is not about possessions

So those loses are gains in Christ;

If you can strive to leave a legacy of obeying Me

So that others follow your example after you are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the voice of faith which says: "Trust in Me;"

 

If you can talk with crowds and point them to Me,

Or walk with the famous - and remain humble;

If neither friends or enemies can hurt you;

If all men respect you, but question your sanity;

If you can fill your temporary life

With a life full of living according to My way -

Yours is the Kingdom and eternal life,

And - which is more - you'll be in My family, My child!

 

I wish you a wonderful Sabbath,

Dan Dowd

8 January, 2021