North versus South


When you think of the title North versus South what comes to mind? If you are a history buff, I’m sure your mind moves to the Civil War of the United States where the North was in a battle with the South. If you are a sports fanatic, you might think about the All Star Game in college football where they have North all star football players playing against the South all star football players. If you are thinking about moving, you might look at the pros and cons of living in the north sections of the US versus the south sections. If you are wanting to find a place to eat, you might talk about going north versus south to get to your destination.

I didn’t even think of North versus South when we came to Colorado to look for a house. But our Real Estate agent did. She informed us that in Colorado, you want a south facing house especially in the winter time. The sun moves in a southerly direction in the winter time and causes the north parts of a house or fence or tree not to get the necessary warmth to melt ice and snow. Hence, when it snows, the sun melts the snow on the south side of the house, but doesn’t melt the snow on the north side, causing ice and snow to stay for a whole winter season.

It reminds me of my life with Christ. When I allow the Lord Jesus Christ to shine in and through me, He convicts me of wrong doing and causes me to clean out the junk in my life so that can experience the warmth of His love and grace and forgiveness. On the contrary, when I live on the north side of life and do my own thing, my actions don’t allow His Son to positively impact my live and live in the shadows, not allowing the gunk to be removed and suffer the consequences of my own actions.

On this journey, we have a choice to allow His Son to shine upon us and bring us life abundantly, or we can live in the shadows of this earthly life. We can choose to turn our life to the south and experience the sunshine of His warmth and direction.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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