When I think of spring, I think of Lent, a time for meditation and contemplation. For me, the contemplation starts inward with the words in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

That inward journey of contemplation continues beyond Easter with the constant reminder that I am a sinner. Though I may deceive myself that I am not as bad as some others, I am still a sinner who falls short of the glory of God. My righteousness is not measured by how I measure up against others, but how I measure up to the expectation of God.

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Orrin Morris is a retired Baptist minister, local artist and art teacher. To purchase a two-volume set of books featuring his wildflower columns, visit The Sketching Pad in Olde Town Conyers, or call 770-929-3697 or text 404-824-3697. Email him at

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