Artwork by Breana Glasson

Your Broadcast

If your thoughts became words that were broadcast on a screen,
Would the person standing before you see a message cruel and mean?
Would your thoughts shout out, you have failed you’re not enough,
Would they shrink in their own estimation, as they partook of your rebuff?
Would the sound of your thoughts reflect your Saviors love?
A soft assurance of a place prepared for them above?
As they stood before you would the sound be gentle and kind?
Would the broadcast on the screen reflect a Christ like state of mind?
Would they be shocked as they viewed themselves as less?
Would the impurity of your thoughts cause their soul distress?
Would the sound of heaven ring out like a beautiful song?
A witness of eternal life and a place where they belong?
Would the screen showing your thoughts help them become more?
The broadcast one of charity, opening heaven’s door.
Would your thoughts shout out that you resent who they are?
Would the truth of your thoughts, like a dagger hurt and mar?
If others could see and hear what is broadcast in your mind,
Would they with joy smile, and call you good and kind?
May we seek to broadcast a frequency of light,
May our thoughts be merciful beautiful and bright!
May our Father smile as he hears each gentle thought,
Seeing within our broadcast all that He has taught!

Written by Michelene Glasson

I Will Bring the Light of the Gospel into My Home!

I am grateful for Jean B. Bingham. I have listened to this beautiful talk many times and am grateful for the light and guidance it holds. In this talk she said, "One of the most significant ways we can develop and demonstrate love for our neighbor is through being generous in our thoughts and words. Some years ago a cherished friend noted, “The greatest form of charity may be to withhold judgment.” That is still true today. Recently, as three-year-old Alyssa watched a movie with her siblings, she remarked with a puzzled expression, “Mom, that chicken is weird!” Her mother looked at the screen and responded with a smile, “Honey, that is a peacock.” Like that unknowing three-year-old, we sometimes look at others with an incomplete or inaccurate understanding. We may focus on the differences and perceived flaws in those around us whereas our Heavenly Father sees His children, created in His eternal image, with magnificent and glorious potential." I love how beautifully she teaches that charity begins within our thoughts. Our thoughts proceed our actions, so if our thoughts are uncharitable, then our words and actions will be uncharitable.

Your Eyes

Your eyes beheld a woman, while His beheld a queen,
Your thoughts were less than generous, often cruel and mean.
You saw all my imperfections, while He viewed a daughter new,
Your heart condemned my offering, yet He called it worthy and true.
Your words like a knife cut to the core,
His were gentle and kind, offering so much more.
While I struggled to step forward you pointed the finger of scorn,
Yet He held me close and watched me be reborn.
To you I was less than worthy of the place he prepared for me,
To Him I was the joy He held in Gethsemane.

Written by Michelene Glasson

Wickedness Never Was Happiness

Many A Man

Many a man has sought to find joy amid despair,
Looking for a fullness which sin will never share.
Many a man has tried to find love by seeking lust,
Winning nothing but heartache, and loosing God’s trust.
Many a man has chosen to lie; hoping for a gain,
The outcome of his choice, the consequence of pain.
Many a man has sought for hope through pride,
Gaining only discontent, from which he cannot hide.
Many a man has sought to see by choosing to be blind,
Left groping in the dark, the truth he will not find.
Many a man has sought to feel his worth through having more,
The outcome worldly treasures that leave him feeling poor.
Many a man has thought to be kind by withholding love,
Leaving others empty as he moves from God above.
Many a man has sought to lift by putting down,
His offering causes another to find a saddened frown.
Many a man has sought to feel good by being bad,
A moment of pleasure held, for an eternity of sad.
Be wise my fellow traveler for time is a precious gift,
Be sure that you are seeking peace and not building a rift.
For many a man will be found on the left hand of God,
Who thought within himself he was holding the iron rod.
Deceive not yourself for He will know His sheep,
Those who followed Him diligently are those that He will keep.

Written by Michelene Glasson

To not love God and fellowmen is to break the first and second great commandments. I think sometimes we forget it is a sin to hate, to condemn, to gossip, to be cruel in thought. Such actions will hold eternal consequences. In 1 Corinthians we read, " Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." Paul makes it clear that without charity we are NOTHING. All of our efforts to do good are without meaning if we have no charity. I hope each of us will walk through this new year with a desire to show true charity to all of God's children. May we not just seek to appear good but to truly be good. That God may look upon our hearts and smile at the love He sees.

I love this song! We need to look at others with love and not assign labels. Even when we find another has failed, we still can show love and kindness and help them find their way back. Christ reached out to the sinner in love and He calls us to do the same. May we truly carry His name with honor; I testify this is done as we live with charity.