Archie Wilder

YARD SALE, by Archie Wilder

This weekend I had a yard sale. I got rid of a lot of stuff that I didn’t need.For the most part the outside of my house was clean and well kept. And on the inside my kitchen, bathroom, living room, and dining room looked great. But I had forgot to clean out my basement, attic, and my garage. It was full of things that I had put away, but things that I should have thrown away and not just tucked in the attic,garage, or basement. And when I talk about a yard sale of my house, I’m really talking about my mind.And what motivated me to do this, is that I was reading the Bible, and I read Titus 3:2,3.They read: TO SPEAK INJURIOUSLY OF NO ONE, NOT TO BE QUARRELSOME, BUT TO BE REASONABLE, DISPLAYING ALL MILDNESS TOWARD ALL MEN.FOR WE TOO WERE ONCE SENSELESS, DISOBEDIENT, LED ASTRAY, BEING SLAVES TO VARIOUS DESIRES AND PLEASURES, CARRYING ON IN BADNESS AND ENVY, DETESTABLE, HATING ONE ANOTHER. Even though I have changed a lot of things about myself, I was still holding on to my warrior spirit. If I’m living by Christian principles, I have to display mildness toward all.Even if I don’t like what they do or say. And I cannot justify aggression, JUST BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT’S A JUST CAUSE. And furthermore, I have to keep in mind that I once too was a person who carried on in ways that were not very becoming.I cannot beat ignorance, foolishness, and sickening and foul behavior out of people. The change has to come from them. It’s not always easy being in this environment to see so much foul behavior and not speak up. I’m not going to say that I’m going to stop helping people, but its the way that I help is what matters. Because helping people,is who I am as a man. I just realized that my growth had become stagnated. And that was because I felt like because I wasn’t as bad as the people around me,that I was okay.But I was wrong, I still needed to improve on myself. Just because I have self-control and I don’t gamble, get high, or live an alternative lifestyle. And I don’t allow my circumstances to control my actions, doesn’t mean that I don’t have room for improvement. Because I have plenty of room for improvement.My spiritual growth should always be constant and never stagnant. And from this day forward, I plan on having a yard sale daily.

ARCHIE WILDER
DOC #414-917

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