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I have always dreamed of having one of those lawns seen in commercials for lawn care products.  Wishing for such, never brought forth the dream.

Last fall, after our horrific drought, I fertilized my yard, twice; over-seeded my yard twice; and doubled my water bill watering the yard without ceasing.  In March, while winter still had her grip on us, I fertilized again, laying down some extra, just in case.  Then came April’s showers, at twice the normal rate.

With all this doubling of nutrients and liquid, I was disappointed when I mowed my yard for the first time last week.  The grass was not particularly green, much-less thick and tall.  My dream was unfulfilled.

After a week of warm sunshine … well you know the story … the grass was thick and lush.

I remember being at the hardware store last fall, wondering if an investment in fertilizer would pay-off.  It did.

I know thousands of Christians who long for a deeper sense of God’s presence with them, yet they never invest in spending time with Him.  They languish day by day, limping instead of running, falling instead of flying.

They invest heavily in the world and sparsely in God.  Instead of being carried by the grace of God, they bear the burdens of the world.

They reap what they have sown.

“The Lord God will supply and multiply your seed for sowing 

and He will increase your harvest.”

2 Corinthians 9:10

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Virtue brings light; indulgence brings fog. (1)

Virtue is a word we rarely use in today’s world.

We now consider practicing virtue as the restraining of one’s real desires. This goes counter to the philosophy of today’s world which says, “You are free to indulge in your pleasures.”

Indulgence brings pleasure for the moment and discomfort for the future.

Eat a huge Thanksgiving meal and your taste buds dance with joy, while your eyelids and blood sugars droop into sleep.

Drink a tub of beer and laugh your heart silly tonight knowing your brain will ache and brake in the morning.

Shop till you drop today so tomorrow you can beg the banker for cash while still on your knees.

The loss of virtue in our society is a cause of concern for me.  When an individual dishonors virtue, he invites problems into the lives of many, not just himself.

In all of my counseling, the loss of virtue in one’s sexual ethics brings with it a greater assortment of hardship and problems than one imagined in the heat of the moment.

Jim Wilson asks and responds to this question:

Can you name a single family (person) that is better off because of premarital sex or an extramarital affair? Sexual indiscretions shatter love, destroy trust, and ruin morale. (2)

Keeping to the virtue of a sound biblical sexual ethic in your personal life will always be a blessing to you and those you love.

It is a virtue which when held, brings light, yet when cast aside, brings darkness and problems.

Sunny days are a blessing.  It is good to walk in the light.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue. (3)

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  1. Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 254). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
  2. Jim L. Wilson, Fresh Start Devotionals (Fresno, CA: Willow City Press, 2009).
  3. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), 2 Peter 1:5.

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