Some time ago I saw this saying: “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” Isn’t that the truth? An artist can correct any mistake or make changes to his portrait by painting over it. As much as we’d like to erase some unfortunate events in our lives or change an outcome, we can’t do it, can we? There’s no erasing, there’s no going back, there’s no changing. We have to live with the consequences. So shouldn’t we be careful how we live every day of our lives? Shouldn’t our lives be lived in a way that will be pleasing to the Lord and bring Him glory in all we do? We need to let Him order our steps, direct our paths and fill us with His spirit.

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Recently I saw a sign with words on it we often used when we were kids: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Yes, we may have said them as children, or someone said them to us; but didn’t those names really hurt us? No, not physically (couldn’t break our bones) but certainly could break our spirit, and make us feel unloved.

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Years ago a dear lady in one of our churches cross stitched this verse and framed it for us. Every time I look at it, the message still speaks to my heart. We all are as different as there are different varieties of trees. Not one produces the same as another and yet each one can produce if it is nurtured well. Trees growing by rivers of water will surely bring forth fruit.

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In this world we live in we certainly long for peace. But Satan has a way of playing mind games with us and taking away our joy and peace. Reread the verse. It is a promise but with a condition. Yes, we can have peace, but our mind must be stayed (focused) on the Lord Jesus Christ.

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