Draw a circle on your paper,
and then carefully draw another;
make them the same size and shape,
exact copies of each other.
Put the circles side by side,
a little space between-not much;
they must not overlap a bit,
though their sides appear to touch.
The first circle represents heaven,
and you may label it so;
the second one represents hell ~
write the letters bold.
Now you are ready to draw once more;
a third circle you must make,
centered and super-imposed on the others,
again of the same size and shape.
This last orb is the life you are living;
you need not label it at all,
for it is part heaven and partly hell;
you see where the good and bad both fall.
But now look closely, lest we forget
those two triangular sections,
one on the bottom and one on top
for which we have no directions.
How do you think we should label these
that are neither heaven or hell?
Could they be our spiritual realms
where good and evil in conflict dwell?
Are these the battlefields of life,
arenas of spiritual warfare?
Is this where our weaknesses lie?
Are conflicts lost and won there?
The good and bad areas are well defined,
but these sections may fall either way,
so we must guard them diligently,
and work to fill them anew each day
with positive reinforcements,
such as prayer and the Holy Word,
devotion to right and a strong commitment
to follow the Master's direction as heard.
Then the holy strength in us will outweigh
the unholy weakness by quite a lot,
and we will have weapons at our disposal
which our enemies, though legion, have not.
And by filling these areas with good, not evil,
we will find when our heart ceases to beat
that the hellish part in us which we fought
will suffer a final and total defeat.