|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Rivers to the Sea by Sara Teasdale:
Once more these things were treasures
With covetous eyes I looked again at the marbles,
The precious agates, the pee-wees, the chinies--
Then I passed on.
In the winter dusk,
The pavements were gleaming with rain;
There in the lighted window
I left my boyhood."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
not for Christ. With what results they shall presently find out.
Since the devil lies in ambush for those in particular who hate the world,
and seeks to deprive us of our liberty of the spirit or to brutalize it into
the liberty of the flesh, we plead with our brethren after the manner of
Paul, that they may never use this liberty of the spirit purchased for us by
Christ as an excuse for carnal living, or as Peter expresses it, I Peter 2:16,
"for a cloak of maliciousness."
In order that Christians may not abuse their liberty the Apostle encumbers
them with the rule of mutual love that they should serve each other in
love. Let everybody perform the duties of his station and vocation
diligently and help his neighbor to the limit of his capacity.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Human Drift by Jack London:
with unremembered drifts behind them, colonised the Mediterranean.
Rome was engulfed in the torrent of Germanic tribes drifting down
from the north before a flood of drifting Asiatics. The Angles,
Saxons, and Jutes, after having drifted whence no man knows,
poured into Britain, and the English have carried this drift on
around the world. Retreating before stronger breeds, hungry and
voracious, the Eskimo has drifted to the inhospitable polar
regions, the Pigmy to the fever-rotten jungles of Africa. And in
this day the drift of the races continues, whether it be of
Chinese into the Philippines and the Malay Peninsula, of Europeans
to the United States or of Americans to the wheat-lands of