Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Five Years Ago Today...

It was the day after the Superbowl
all the guests had left my house in tears,
only my wife and sister remained.
As we drove to court, it was still difficult to imagine...
I was beginning a 50-month prison sentence
for injuring two people in a drunk-driving accident.
Grateful they werent injured permanently,
and grateful I could earn an early release.

What would I become?
How would I survive?
What would the future hold after my release?

(This next part alone could sustain
content of this blog for another year)
The important parts of my life remained:
relationships my wife and relatives,
and the friends who have become like family.

What did I lose?
False hope in government to improve society.
False pride in myself - that alone I could
do anything that mattered without Christ.
False expectations in people,
and a fallen world ruled by satan.

What did I gain?
Wisdom.
Patience.
Understanding.
Humility.
Power that does not come from me.
And a better ear with which to hear God speak.

What does this change in me?
I hold a New perspective:
That every person -
whether rich, famous, or powerful,
needs hope to grow
and love from others to thrive;
I now know I am here to inspire others,
and teach new ways to “see & think” about life.
To see problems as ‘challenges’
rather than life-ending disasters.

My friends are my "estate." Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them. - Emily Dickinson

 

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