"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

10/10/11

"Old-Fashioned" Paths


Living by Grace
Welcome to the combined Monday Manna with Living By Grace (click here for this new Facebook community). The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Mr. Linky  gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

AND now, we'll also be discussing the devotional - and thoughts about it - at Living By Grace.

And here's today's verse:
This is what the LORD says:“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it." Jeremiah 6:16
Looking forward to your thoughts. Mine are below.

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New can be so exciting. Very few would choose, all things equal, an old computer, let's say, over a new one. New things often catch our eye. New kinda goes with improved - and who doesn't want something improved?

Today's culture is always looking for the next thing. The world seems to be run by the young and up-and-coming. And, it seems, nothing old is valued.

And it's a shame. Because a whole lot can be said for experience. For the familiar. For time-tested and faithful. For what we know works.

An excellent example of this, of course, is God's Word. Parts of it are several thousand years old, and even the "newest" of it has been around for close to twenty centuries. And many people today think that, because the Bible is old, it's irrelevant. Because it's not "new and improved," it's not worth learning about.

We can look at the world and all its bright and shiny, colorful promises. We see all the new things, and long to grasp them. And just to the side is the ancient path - the good way. It may not tempt us, but if we are quiet, and listen to His voice within us, it calls. And if we walk in it, we will find rest for our souls, for He will give us that rest.

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Thanks for reading my thoughts. Be sure to share yours in the linky below, and read others' comments. And jump in and join the discussion at Living by Grace as well.


 
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4 comments:

  1. I find it amazing that time does not change the Bible. Those hundreds of years ago had the same problems we have today. I don't know of any other book that has stayed relevant throughout history.

    Solomon was spot on when he said there was nothing new under the sun! Great thoughts, Joanne!

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  2. Amazing that God's Word is so old but oh so relevant to our lives today.

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  3. Some things actually get better with age and I think that the Scriptures are like that—as I get older I appreciate them more because with age and exposure I have come to appreciate them more than ever.

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