The Accountability of Responsibility

House of Prayer -Flowered Footbridge Crossing

Today at Aloha Promises Forever, we will begin reading Paradise Lost by John Milton for those followers who are in Second Life.  If you are interested in that work but are not in Second Life, take some heart.  It will be included within the Time Spent With the Harvard Classics series that is on-going.

In the interim, this is a poem that I wrote today while listening to a sermon based on the following passage:

Matthew 25:24-28New International Version (NIV)

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.

The Accountability of Responsibility
by Michael Romani

In my new life that I now begin
My new birth becomes me again
Living a whole other kind of large
So, I begin it with my own charge

The charge to give as I come to live
Doing my best to love and forgive
The other choice I hesitate to even voice
Focusing instead on my cause to rejoice

So often in life we are overcome in flood
Searching for dry land but stuck in the mud
Repentance calls me down onto my knees
Giving up my wants to purify and please

Trying too hard to be perfect in what I did
Doing my worse to keep my mistakes hid
When suddenly it dawned on me in my humanity
I was growing older accepting the real me

Born again to become the man affirmed anew
This is the faith walked out as I grew and grew
Complete in my undeserved sense of forgiveness
I speak this in witness, definitely not in glibness

Spreading the word that there is good way out
When you're living in darkness and filled with doubt
It begins with an accountability of responsibility
Studying the divinity as I wear this theology

Being careful of the all shamers and blamers
Moving past all those who would be gamers
No more holding in the quicksand of the past
But putting on all the things that will last

Fixing my eyes on the things needed to change
Taking inventory of myself looking to rearrange
Realizing there is only so much in my control
Giving the rest to God in my proper sense of role

Taking control of my thoughts, words and feelings
All of those things that too often sent me reeling
If it's going to be then it is up to me to find peace
Knowing that point where I must learn to release

Taking control of words because they do matter
Share these wisely, words can build or shatter
Thoughts and words lead to those things we do
And what we do and don't do, is our best clue

We must take due care to choose our influences
All the parts of the some that form our confluence
Seeking out the wise counsel of sisters and brothers
Spreading the truth of insight among each other

Choose carefully where you put your focus of mind
Leaving the bad influences to your best behind
As for me and my home we will serve the Lord
Welding the Bible and its words as a spiritual sword

Always live your life in its fullest preparation
Mapping out ahead to make my destination
A place arrived at within a comfortable margin
Instead of creating our own troubles again and again

Use the initiative to put our given gifts to use
To do otherwise is nothing less than horrid abuse
There's an accountability and responsibility
To put to the best use our God given ability

The message here is sobering in its implication
Taking the first step is necessary not a complication
This is the path we are meant to take in our walk
This then removes the excuses and moves beyond talk

Truth told in knowing that if it's going to ever be
It's up to me and you to take that responsibility
Sewn up in our theology is being guided by Divinity
This then is the way to reach our best serenity

.. It's the glory of God , all to His greater glory
This is our truth as we live out our story
If we let this seep down inside our very prayers
We will climb to heaven, stair .. by stair

(c) September 3, 2017 Michael Romani
All Rights Reserved

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About alohapromisesforever

Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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