That NEW Adage

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New Adage

Life is just a bad neighborhood I have to go through to get home.


March 17, 2009 - Posted by | Adage, Advice, Christ, Christian Life, Christianity, God, Jesus, Wisdom, Words, Words of Wisdom


  1. Solid analogy man!

    Comment by ricktrotter | March 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. I love that!!!

    Comment by Erin | March 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. Okay I had to ponder that a minute but yea “I got it”!!! Right,right.
    Numbers 6:24~26

    Comment by pttyann | March 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. This is true! To take it a little further, like living in Memphis, you can’t avoid going through these bad neighborhoods…

    Comment by heatherltrotter | March 18, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thanks, y’all.
    Yeah, Kathy made me aware of how this town is… with all the bad neighborhoods one street away from the good ones.

    Comment by maxdaddy | March 18, 2009 | Reply

  6. I am sorry, but I don’t think this is a good analogy. The implication here is that you just observe the bad neighborhood waiting to just leave. I think we are call to embrace this life to the fullest for the Glory of God, thus loving, engaging, etc… Just like Paul said that is a gain to stay or leave.

    Comment by Rafa | March 19, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hey, Rafa.

    I see what you mean, but my thing is that I grew up in a bad neighborhood where I had friends and family whom I cared for. I think about those days a lot.

    There was one neighborhood I had to ride the bus through to get home… I can’t even tell you the name they had for it. I had a friend who lived there who was a really good guy. There were good people who lived there, but once when my sister and I had to walk through it to get home, it got pretty dicey.

    I had a good upbringing in my area. It taught me valuable lessons that I use today. But occasionally bad things happened. People got raped, robbed, and killed — just like in life — and our desire was not to remain there forever, but to do better and go to a better place far from the possibility of being harmed.

    This world is not my home, and while there are redeeming things about it, “it is a FAR better thing to depart and be with Christ,” “where there will be no more tears, sorrow, or pain.” That’s my main point. I want to live forever, but I don’t want to live HERE forever.

    Comment by maxdaddy | March 19, 2009 | Reply

  8. I hear you. In fact, the scripture that talks that our citizenship is not in this world is one of my favorites. Mainly for the same reasons you are talking about.
    All the very best,

    Comment by Rafael | March 21, 2009 | Reply

  9. Yep..I get your analogy. When I read about that dude who killed his sisters (beheading the 5-year old sister), I thought the same thing, “When, o when can I leave this place?”. Hmmmph.

    I know how we’re “supposed” to look at things, but sometimes that ain’t how it is. Tell the truth, and help somebody. Because Christians are flipping out, because the stress of trying to “be” can be too much. I have to remind myself that I can be “myself” around Christ. He can handle my “issues”, even when the brethren can’t.

    It’s okay to say, “I don’t like it here, sometimes, and I wish I could pass by all the ugliness, and just get…home”.

    The compassion that is in us, because the God of compassion lives in us, always manages to get us back on track, and determined to make our “passing thru the neighborhood” impact those in the neighborhood, so they can come with us, when we leave. Hallelujah!

    Carry on…

    Comment by anappygirl | April 1, 2009 | Reply

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