In the 1950s and 1960s, Double Dutch was played on the sidewalks in my hometown of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Players used clothesline rope, and the more experienced jumpers made the game as challenging as possible. Some would hop on one foot while turning around. Others would bounce a ball, or pick up and put down stones between jumps. Then there were those who could jump so high that the turners would turn the rope twice before the jumper landed. For sure, Double Dutch not only was fun to play, but also it was fantastic exercise!
In the 1950s and 1960s, most of the homes in small town USA’s neighborhoods were close to their downtown area, people walked to neighborhood stores to do their shopping, and children played under their neighborhood street lights way into the late hours of summer nights.
A haiku’s image often is not as clear to its readers as it is to the person who composed it. Perhaps this truth is why occasionally all it takes is a word picture (graphic) to make a haiku’s word picture (moment or scene’s verbal expression) vivid.
How do we buy something that is priceless, like eternal life, without using any money? We use our diligence (our earnest, steady and energetic effort). Being diligent about our spiritual life is the price we pay for the FREE daily portions of Living Bread and Living Water—the spiritual food and water we need to fatten up (prosper) our souls. This diligence is how we make our souls spiritually fat. It works as long as we never let spiritual sluggishness (mere religious desires) keep us from daily renewing our minds.
There is a huge difference between the old grain of sand believers once were and the salt of the Earth they became, after they were born again, saved, indwelt by and filled with the Holy Spirit. As salt that has its savor, believers are preservatives—preserving others from evil inherent in the souls of mankind that have been corrupted by sin. As “tangy” salt, believers also are moral compasses that influence others to be just/fair, to be merciful, and to be humble. Therefore, it is only after believers have lost their saltiness that their witness becomes ineffective and the distinctions between a follower of Christ and the rest of the world get blurred.
Just like the outmoded 8-track tapes and audio cassettes, Christian annulments and divorces are making marriage seem as if this God-established institution also has become obsolete. Thank God that, from the beginning, He never meant for His children to erase or disjoin a marital union via an annulment or a divorce.