How to Get Out of the Gutter

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“We are all in the gutter,” Irish poet Oscar Wilde.

Whether you look for your news via the Internet, magazines, TV newscasts, or newspapers, it’s unlikely it’ll bring a smile to your face. We are all knee-deep in bad news about politics, the economy, and human relationships.

In light of this negative barrage, many of us feel the need for some hope, some good times, some way to get through the bad news.

We all want to have a reason to put a smile on our faces.

Oscar Wilde finishes his above quote with some advice Abraham (from the Old Testament, Genesis 17) took and some advice we can take: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

By shifting our gaze and keeping our eyes on the stars and the unconditional covenant they represent, our outlook can change. I’ll be looking up so that I don’t even notice (too much) the gutter that I’m living in.

  • One day, I’ll be exchanging this gutter for Heaven.
  •  And while I’m here in this gutter, I’ll look at the One who made the unconditional covenant with His people.
  • Our Heavenly Father has been, is, and will be eternally faithful to keeping His promises to us.

These are promises of safety, power over sinful desires, guidance, financial peace, and joy. The best promise is the forever relationship we can have with the Creator of the universe.

So, tonight instead of listening to the news before bedtime, I’ll be taking a nip outside to do some star-gazing and promise-remembering

 Your Turn . . .

  • What do you do when you are in the “gutter”?
  • Are you a star gazer? If yes, why?

Related Post . . .  “Don’t You Wonder Why the Stars Are in the Sky?”


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Duker  |  . at .

    What a great idea !!
    I will try to do that too…… I dont watch the news before bed but I do get up in the morning and that uis the 1st thing I tune into. Since it is still dark out when I get up, I think I can pop outside for a glimpse of the retreating heavens and a new day starting !!
    Thanks for a wonderful Idea !!


  • 2. signsoffaithbook  |  . at .

    I can no longer watch the news before bed either …too worrisome. I’ve been trying to fill my head with positive thoughts during these trying times. Love the idea to go out and look at the stars. I’ll be out there stargazing tonight!


  • 3. doodah  |  . at .

    Wonderful post, and fantastic idea. May our God grant you deep wonder as you gaze upon the Ones he called by name!


  • 4. lynette  |  . at .

    The moon on Tuesday was full & wonderful to gaze at. It was so close I thought I could touch it with my hands


  • 5. susan2009  |  . at .

    I’m still star gazing. Isn’t God’s majesty too awesome for words at times. When I look at photos from NASA my breath is taken away.


  • […] Read other posts I’ve written in faith. (1) Mother Teresa’s Faith Crisis: Similar to Mine? (2) 5 Reasons to be Grateful to God (3) How to Get Out of the Gutter […]



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