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The following is a piece of writing submitted by Josiah T. on January 10, 2008
"This was inspired by the song Somewhere in the Middle by Casting Crowns, and In the Light by dc Talk."

Somewhere in Between

In church on Sunday morning everything seems so crystal clear, I know what to do and I know how to do it. It seems that I can't go wrong. Yet as soon as I walk out of the door the old selfish thoughts invade my mind.

I'm caught between what I know I should do and what I want to do. These two things collide within me. I'm stuck somewhere in between the darkness and the light.

I'm caught between what's right and what's easy. I know what I should do, but knowing and doing are two different things. And I'm caught in the middle.

I've been blessed with a forgiveness greater than I can imagine. How much more often can I trample on it? My thoughts and actions do not reflect that grace. How long can I go on like this? I've been called for a higher purpose, but how can I fulfill that when I'm trapped between the good and the evil within me?

What is going on inside me? I have an ache in my heart. I know I'm not where I need to be. I need to be doing God's will, but my self-indulgent desires get in the way.

Fulfilling this purpose requires sacrifice - sacrifice of my selfish wants to do what God wants. I am torn between the way I want to act and the way God wants me to act. How long can I continue like this?

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