Saturday, June 16, 2012

On Second Miles

Second miles may cause us to groan
For they tug us from our comfort zone

It is in the second miles we trod
That we touch the hand of God

Second miles are not traveled by obligation, force or fear
But they are the miles that prove
Our testimony, loud and clear
Of love

Love is patient, love is kind
It does not seek its own
And oft its dark and second mile
Is seen by God alone

Second miles in life
Do not further our own causes
But if, in faith we walk them
Their beauty may surprise us

Second miles are not reserved
For either the gifted or the common
But they draw out of mortal crowds
The very best of them

Lift up your chin, take heart and smile
Love begins in the second mile
Walk with the one who needs a hand
Alone we fall, together we stand

Jesus, how thankful I am
You walked that mile for me
And oh, its blood-stains led me to
A place called Calvary

If we would follow Him
In authenticity
Then we will walk those second miles
For His sake, willingly

What blessing we forfeit
What joy we discard
If second miles we forsake
Because they are too hard

Take heart, oh traveler of the second mile
It will all be over in life’s little while
Then oh, how sweet our rest will be
At Jesus feet for eternity

© Janet Martin

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.  If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.  Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Matt. 5:38-42

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