The Keeper of the Keys

You are the Keeper of the Keys
You are the Guard at the Gate
Waiting in line to get through the door
Is love. And also hate.
In line to enter is gentle peace,
And also violent war.
You must choose who may, and who
May not come through the door.
Intolerance tries to sneak through
On wings of fear, or pride.
It hides behind dreams of belonging,
And tries to sneak inside.
Oh! Be alert! You’re the Guard who decides
Who goes and who may stay.
You are the Keeper of the Keys to your mind.
Who will you let in today?

– From “Thinking for a Change” by John Maxwell

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8