How To Catch a Monkey

If you want to catch a monkey
There’s really nothing to it
Just follow these instructions
And you’ll know how to do it

You find a sparkly item
Or some sweet and tasty bite
Put it in a jar or bottle
That will suit his appetite

Make sure the bottle neck
Is big for an empty hand
So once it filled with contents
Of course it will expand

To withdraw the gift it now holds
Is impossible in such nooses
And to release the precious contents
Means the monkey looses

And so it is with habits
That bring both pleasure and pain
I’d like to let them go
But they feel so good again

But I, unlike the monkey
Can’t claim I don’t know better
I choose each time to return
To these chains and painful fetters

I must reclaim the image
Of Him who has called me to Himself
And leave that stupid jar or bottle
Untouched and on the shelf

Ro 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Ro 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Ro 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Ro 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Ro 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Ro 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Ro 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.