I’m thinking peace this morning. Peace as in the peace Jesus left when he said in John 14:27:
“My peace I leave with you my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
How do we define that kind of peace? It is much different from our usual ideas. I like to think of the kind of peace Jesus left with us as laughter for the soul. It’s the kind of peace that makes the heart sing.
Just some thoughts this morning. How can we model that kind of peace?
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28:
“Come to me all you who are weak and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus calls us to come to him, but it’s also part of our job to point other people to him too because as the song says, “People need the Lord.”
I was driving down the road this morning thinking about various things and then I thought about how Jesus changes things. So I pulled over and wrote down some thoughts about what kinds of things Jesus can change, the list could actually go on and on and on, but I wrote down a few things.
It just seems that when we are following, listening, and praying for Jesus to take control of our lives and situations we can expect things to change. Everything from friendships to relationships, confrontations, attitudes, to disagreements…
When we have the best interest of all concerned in mind, circumstances just have a different perspective therefore different outcomes.
When I think of the New Kingdom that Jesus talked about, the one we pray to come on earth as it is in heaven…I think about how that is a Kingdom where there is no “Us and Them”, there is only “We.” The New Kingdom is a kingdom where each person has the best interest of each other in mind…how could that sort of mindset change our world?
Just some thoughts this morning…
I was thinking this morning about life, friendships, about things that have taken place over the years…and I thought about how the things in life that are most important to me are worth next to nothing to another person. Things like this truck. I suppose I am just an incurable romantic.
I bought this truck from a friend who bought it new back in 1989. I drove it everywhere, and as it deteriorated over the years I’ve worked on it and kept it running. I replaced the right front fender – my only body work ever – grill, and banged the dents out of the hood after it hit a deer. I had the engine replaced and kept on driving it. But finally it came to rest in the driveway for several years and I’ve longed to get it back on the road.
This week I took it to the shop for some major repairs and sometime this week I’ll drive it again. It’s like an old friend is about ready to visit.
As I wind up my coffee, prayer, and devotion time this morning, I leave with good thoughts of old times coupled with the promise of Jesus to lead into what lays ahead.
Just some thoughts…
As followers of Jesus we are called to mission. In fact if God is calling and there seems to be no mission…make one. If there is no money…use whatever is available, volunteer if necessary. If there is no one to help…do it alone. If there is a thought…act on it. If it all seems hopeless…do it anyway. If it’s falling apart, fix it.
Some will not see the point, some will say we’re crazy, some will make excuses, some will say they don’t deserve it, others will find a hundred and one reasons why the task can’t or shouldn’t be undertaken…
But for us, those of us who have taken the responsibility and the mission to make a difference, we will Do Something.
Just some thoughts.
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