by Rachel Burkum
Not For Sale
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Not For Sale
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I am greed. I deserve every penny, and those I trample along the way will find help from someone else. I lie with the love of money, surrounding man’s desire to own the world. I rest on the shoulders of the wealthy and famous, whispering in their ear that they can have more.
I am fear. I reside in the hearts of man to keep them from doing the right thing. I remind them that they will be ridiculed for choosing the right side. I haunt them day and night, punishing them for their beliefs.
I am pride. I spread lies that man is greater than he is. I dwell in the mind, creating boastfulness and puffed-up egos designed to put others down. I lay in the shadows, convincing man that he is too good for reproach. I put others down to make myself bigger, and trample on those less fortunate than myself.
I am apathy. I see my friends falling from their own misdeeds, but I do not care. I do not care about the lives being taken, or the souls being lost. Men’s words of warning against me won’t prevail. For I do not care.
I am selfishness. What I have, you cannot, for it is mine and mine alone. Others may try to take this pleasure away, but man will not let it go. For I have enveloped him in his own lust for gain, and remind him daily that it is his and his alone. No one else deserves these material possessions, therefore they will stay mine.
I am hate. I despise those who have done wrong against me. I loath those who preach of forgiveness. I have embedded myself into the hearts of man, creating wars, deaths, and tragedies of all kinds.
But there are those that are stronger...
I am generosity. I demolish greed with a single blow, heaping coals on the heads of those so foolish. I give to those who need more than me, and I give to those who have been deemed unworthy. To give away what I have is to fulfill my purpose. I was shown through the giving of life through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I am courage. I fight for what I believe and swallow the fear within. I have the strength to stand against the foe. I speak the truth with unwavering faith, that I may triumph over the evil that has spread. I live within the hearts of Christians who dare to call Jesus Christ their Lord. I will not bend to persecuting tongues or the lies flung at me with carelessness.
I am humility. Pride does not reside where I do, for it does not have a place in the heart of meekness. I am not better than my neighbor and see my faults clearer than their own. I do not take what is not mine, and I treat others with respect. The example of me was shown through the most humble of beings – Jesus Christ.
I am care. When I see those who are suffering, apathy does not exist. I must help and lend my services to bring them to their feet. I feel sorrow for the lost, and am exemplified through the actions of Jesus Christ, as He walked on the earth, not to condemn it, but to save it through His sacrifice. I am care.
I am selflessness. I will give to those around me, and will rid myself of selfishness, for I am no better than they. To give up one’s life is the greatest sacrifice, and only truly portrayed by the agony of Jesus Christ on the cross, giving Himself for us, and taking our place so that we might be saved.
I am love. Hate will not abide in me. Those around me are more important than myself and I will give myself away if only to bring comfort to those who suffer. My greatest story is told of Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for the wretches of the earth. Who bore their sin so they might live. I am stronger today than ever before, striving in the hearts bold enough to let me stay.
The follies of men will not prevail. Prepare your hearts for the coming of our Lord.
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