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The Complexities of Life

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The Complexities of Life

Why is it that we do that which we don’t want to do
And we don’t do that which we want to?
This is the question that troubled the Apostle Paul 
A man of God, who still struggled with those inner tendencies.
It’s a question that troubles me, too,
The good that we should do, seems so hard to do
The evil, so easy…because it is in our nature to err
I find it mind boggling that the very fibers of my being
Seem to be drawn to the forbidden…
Is it because it is sweeter? Easier? More fulfilling? Simply…human nature drawing me?

Ah, but there is a transcendent joy 
From doing what is unnatural to us:
To love the unlovable
To uplift the fallen
To be faithful to the faithless
To return blessings for curses
To forgive instead of get even
To love instead of to lust

Are we justified in doing what comes naturally because after all…we were born this way?
We are just following our natural inclinations?
Then, I ask…what makes us different from the animals that follow their basic instincts?
Is there a difference? At times there doesn't seem to be. Delayed gratification seems unheard of. We want to relish this moment...there here and now...whatever the cost. We put our morality on a shelf and give in to the basic instincts to be satisfy. Is there a difference?

Yes, there is…for we have been given the power to reason and to choose the high road.
It isn’t by accident….we were created with that power. We need to put it to good use, and we will have divine help to do that, if we so choose. It isn’t easy….but then again, sacrifice never was. It has a price. Ask Jesus….it cost Him his life.

Eileen Manassian Ghali

Copyright © Eileen Manassian

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  1. Date: 5/27/2014 9:41:00 AM
    I enjoyed rereading this one. You have given us much to ponder. I hope you are well, I have missed your visits.

  1. Date: 3/8/2013 6:27:00 AM
    So much to ponder although I feel we have the answers yet at times we choose to ignore the voice of truth which is written on our hearts. Great poem Eilleen.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 8:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BUMMER...another typo...TO KNOW BETTER. A teacher of language...there is NO excuse for not double checking! Yes, I'm a meticulous perfectionist! :(
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 8:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Richard. The Bible does say that man is without excuse for God has revealed enough of Himself through nature and the Word for us to now better. We just need to be in tune with His leading! It isn't always easy! I know. I KNOW! I also know, that He is waiting for me with open arms! :)
  1. Date: 3/8/2013 4:24:00 AM
    Our hearts is home of two adversaries that for superiority strive. Until we find find harmony we would be divided! A profound writing that exceeds the capacities of Understanding! Wonderfully written, thought-provoking! Thank you for sharing

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 8:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, my dear Demetrios. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Paul, my favorite author, does make it clear when he laments...who can save me from this body of death? The answer...thanks be to Jesus! We can never be sinless or perfect, but Jesus' righteousness covers us...if we ask Him to! Thanks for your post. You know how I value your opinion and comments.
  1. Date: 3/8/2013 2:08:00 AM
    Thank you sweet friend Eileen <3 for sharing your great write.. enjoyed so much :) much luv <3 Sk

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 2:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, my dear! It is a pleasure! Hugs!
  1. Date: 3/7/2013 1:50:00 PM
    Very thorough and thought provoking indeed. Maybe doing good goes unnoticed like a smooth highway, and bad stands out like a @#$% pothole!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 2:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    HA HA! I know, right? Isn't that always the case...but we do good anyway because SOMEONE notices! :) Thanks for the post!
  1. Date: 3/7/2013 7:12:00 AM

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 2:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, David. It is always good to share our thoughts and feelings with others who understand. :)