Thursday, October 4, 2012


It's a classic, and these words of an old favourite hit the target. None other than the  late Johnnie Cash spelled out a vow that needs keeping.Otherwise where's the commitment? Very few
can claim we've never been guilty of a pair of roaming eyes.

So what's the remedy?

It's a case of good old-fashioned will power!

The Song I'LL WALK the LINE sums it up beautifully.

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine.
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds,
Because you're mine, I walk the line.

When those eyes of ours see something they want, but shouldn't have, it's time to call on our will power to say "NO". Keeping our eyes wide open helps to recognize the trap. And we can only recognize this sneaky temptation if we have already committed to keeping a watch on our heart or emotions. Oh yes, those emotions of ours can always lead us astray. The tie that binds is the vow we make in our hearts and before God that we will stay true to our loved one. It's a matter settling in our minds that we will walk the line, and refuse to stray where we place ourselves directly in temptation's path.

Our human nature wants to stray - it's kind of an inbuilt thing. The path back is hard and we may never find our way back because of the consequences we have brought down upon our loved one and ourselves. That's why we need the power of God's Holy Spirit in our lives. We're all sinful people even though we may think we're upright, decent folk. And it's only when temptation hits us do we realize we're weak and need help. Long ago the Lord God saw our need and that's why He sent His son Jesus to pay the price for all of our wrongdoing and to lead us into a life that doesn't just give in to those wrong desires that creep up on us.

It's a matter of a simple prayer like this: "Lord, I believe you came to earth to show me a better way. I believe you died on a cross to take the blame for all my sins. I ask you to forgive me and come into my life to lead and guide me. Amen."

Find a Bible and read the New Testament. It's the Manufacturer's Directions for your life. God bless you!


Dorothy Adamek said...

Great encouragement in a world full of voices which tell us to ignore 'the line'. Thanks RIta, xx

Rita Galieh said...

Thanks Dottie. Yes we all need those clear-cut boundaries.