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Take a Walk in Your Own Back Yard

The Meriwether Vindicator of Greenville, Georgia

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From Where I Sit

Isn't it great just to be alive in such an age as ours William Shakespeare said long ago, "The day shall not be up so soon as I, to try the fair adventure of tomorrow."

Isn't it exciting to just walk around your yard in early spring and look at the lovely flowers that are about to bloom. City parks or yards you pass on the way to work can be beautiful as well.

Sometimes my wife of fifty nine years wonders why I like to walk around our yard or up to the road and back and I tell her I just like to walk around our estate and see about things.

We need to think of our yards as our own city, our own house, our own family, our own life. We will find that they are better than we think they are if we will just go out and look. Sometimes we fail to look at the many blessings we have by just walking around in our yards.

When Paul was writing to his son who was in the ministry he realized that he might be tempted to look at some other person's blessings and be envious so he told him to be content with what he had. Jesus said in Luke 3:14 "Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely and be content with your wages."

In the story about the prodigal son he saw the sinful city as something so much nicer and greater than his quiet country life. He forgot how nice it was to have plenty of food and a good home always at his disposal. Defeated, broke and hungry he began to see his own back yard as a place to be desired.

A daily newspaper ran a story once about a local couple who visited a foreign country and felt that it would be much better to live in than America. They sold or gave away all of their possessions they had and took what cash they had and the family moved to the country that they thought would be so great.

Work for foreigners there was hard to find, prices were high and the people were not too friendly. In two years they were back in America broke, disillusioned and discouraged. Like the prodigal son home now looked beautiful. Their relatives and friends were gentle and kind and ready to help them in anyway.

Some soldiers during the Vietnam War chose to go to Canada rather than to fight for their country. After the war was over they wanted to come back home. We can save ourselves many heartaches if we would look at our own back yards and see the beauty that is there.

In Hebrews 13:5 we read, "Let your conversation be without covetousness and be content with the things we have, for he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee."

Many of us are getting older and may not be able to walk around in our yards much longer. But we all need to 'remember that we have so much to be thankful for. We need to remember the days when we could do more yard work and thank God for them.

Perhaps some of us in the future might feel that we are just crawling along on our hands and knees, failing to see the beauty and glory of our past blessings that God had given us in our own back yard.

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Original Publication Date: September 11, 2015

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