“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 10

This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is a variation in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs, in that its inspiration is another source.

This morning I did not begin my day by reflecting on wisdom as revealed in the Book of Proverbs, but I was inspired to compose a poem based on remarks that I heard at the graduation ceremony for the Columbus, Ohio campus of National College where I serve as an adjunct professor. The former director, Joe DeLuca, who originally hired me, offered some remarks in presenting awards to students whose lives he had impacted as the first director of the College. He spoke of “Three C’s of Life.” Although I did not produce a poetic work directly based on wisdom from the Book of Proverbs, the following poem does fall into the category of “Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise.” So what initially seemed like a digression from the series is not after all.  Here is the entry for Day 10:

Choices, Chances, and the Changes We Make

for Joe DeLuca, whose remarks inspired this poem


And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed        

by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is        \

that good and acceptable and perfect will of God

Romans 12:2


As we journey life’s highway, we all must make a choice:

To follow the path that leads to life or the way of death.

The Lord says choose life, but we must give heed to His voice

And follow the path of life each day that we draw breath.


Each day we can remain where we are or take a chance

And open up to release what we have and to give,

As we determine whether we diminish or enhance.

Only when we give in love do we begin to live.


God’s Word encourages us to be transformed, to change.

As butterflies emerge in beauty, our lives unfold.

From death to life, beauty for ashes God will exchange.

For those who walk uprightly, nothing good will He withhold.


Life is the sum of choices and chances, risks that we take,

Not to be conformed but transformed by the changes we make.

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

The ultimate expression of change is the metamorphosis that takes place with butterflies, as alluded to in the poem. Earlier this spring the annual Blooms and Butterflies exhibit opened at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, and as Columbus Christian Spirituality Examiner, I posted an article which discussed metamorphosis and shared its spiritual application and showed a time-lapse video of the process. Here is the link to the article:


Today’s entry is a slight variation on the Words of Wisdom series but  “good medicine,” nonetheless.

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