“Owed” to closed doors

Many of the good things
In my life
I owe to closed doors
That kept me
From walking away
From them.

Closed doors
Aren’t just a disappointment,
They’re also an appointment
With God
For comfort and guidance.

Camping at a closed door
Can cause you to miss out
On many open doors.

It’s time
To let go
Of the doorknob.

A closed door
Often means
Keep going,
But in a different

Don’t let a closed door
Distract you
From the rest
Of reality
And the opportunities
Around you.

When life gives you
A closed door,
There are often
A lot of lemons
Behind it.

When a door closes,
You don’t know
What was behind it
That you’ve been
Kept safe from.

When a door
Is closed for good,
Just maybe,
It’s for your good.

If God closes a door
And doesn’t open a window,
Maybe He’s trying
To get your attention.

Closed doors
Make us humble
And eventually patient
And cause us
To look to God.

Closed doors
Can keep us
Out of the abyss
Of feeling amiss
Where we don’t belong.

Breaking down
A closed door
Often causes more
Harm than good.

Let closed doors
Open your heart to God
And your mind
To His creativity.

(The harmful
Closed doors
Are the ones you use
To shut God
Out of your heart.)

Closed doors
Often open the way
For you to stay
In God’s will.

Closed doors
Are frequently
God’s protection
And direction.

Pride gets mad
At closed doors
Humility embraces
Christ’s invitation
To inner peace.

Closed doors
Can direct us to sanity
By interrupting our tendency
To do the same things
Over and over again.

My definition of sanity:
Letting closed doors
Cause you to
Continually improve
What you’re doing,
Saying, and thinking
So that you expect
Better results in the future.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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1 Response to “Owed” to closed doors

  1. Marcus Hurst says:

    Great thoughts. Just when I got finished reading this I ran into a closed door. Work that kept us going last summer is not available this summer. Now I know what to do about closed doors, instead of laying down on the doorstep to mope about it…

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