The sights and shows of this perishing world!

(adapted from Mary Winslow's, "Life in Jesus")

I wonder what business a man, declaring himself
sent of God to lead poor sinners to Christ, has to do
with the sights and shows of this perishing world!

How can he exhort his flock to live above the world and
 all its vanities, while he himself is going after them?

I cannot understand some Christians, and they do
not understand me. I may be wrong; but when I read,
"Come out from among them, and be separate."  "Do
not love not the world, nor the things that are in the
world;" and many other such solemn exhortations,
I realize the way a believer in Christ should live, and
have only to regret I so often wander from it myself.

Oh, how the world, with all its cares, crowds upon
the poor pilgrim, even in his most solemn moments!

"Dear Savior, keep me near, very near Your blessed
 heart. Shelter me under Your almighty, protecting
 wing, until the storm of life is past."