The Narrowing Path … an original poem


Obsessive love for a tiny god … me,

Self-serving, self-esteeming, self-satisfying – me,

Deceived me into,

The enticing snare, the bondage, of a fallen angel;

Religion marked by righteousness achieved,

Playing a game controlled by rule, ritual, rote …

Diminished me into,

A blind slave – shackled by chains of performance;

Relationship based on surrender and submission,

Responding to a Holy Spirit led life,

Transforming me into …

A child of the living God set free IN CHRIST JESUS!

self-the-god, religion-the-god or Son-of-God,

The only question,

The one we each must answer …

“who, what or WHOM will I love and follow?”

Note:  I originally published this on my Xanga blog in February 2006 as I found myself in the midst of the journey from religion to relationship.  Bernie


About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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