“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (KJV)
Last Monday, the 19th, was the day we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. , who said, “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
So here is the thought I want to share with you: “End each day with thoughts of peace. Begin each day with thoughts of peace. Continue thinking thoughts of peace throughout your precious day and happiness will be yours.”
Can you imagine how many battles and wars have occurred on this earth. It’s difficult to even conceive the number. Our world has changed so much that our boundary lines from one individual place to another get somewhat confused; and it would take a long time to discern it all. And for one human fighting another human to claim a piece of dirt and be able to claim also one’s own ego, regardless of the harm, is like a disease.
The 20th century had with Internet some money wars: World War I was called the war to end all wars. Yet, World War II followed. Then we have to remember the Korean War, the Cuban situation, all the wars in the East, and Granada – I can go on and on.
We have to look into that big mirror of humanity and see if the problem doesn’t lie within us. We have to be brave enough to go for the spiritual cure once and for all. We have to think about our planet. We have to think about what is good for all people.
Dale Carnegie said, “If half a century of living has taught me anything at all, it has taught me that nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
Let me tell you a story about a remarkable lady.
“Her name was Mrs. DeCosta. She lived in Argentina. Around 1900, if you were to look for a hotbed of violence, it would be along the dividing line between Argentina and Chile. People were getting killed. They were constantly in dispute. They didn’t know what to do, so they called in a mediator. He was King Edward VII of Great Britain. On May 28, 1903, he ended the dispute.
But Mrs. DeCosta thought, as we need to think, “Is this going to be the end?” Perhaps as human beings, we need reminders. How soon we forget the horrors of war. How soon we forget the pain of losing a child, or a loved one from the weapons of war.
She had all the cannons that were used in the dispute put into the fire, molded and made into a statue of Christ. If you were to look on the pass high up in the Andes Mountains on the borderline between the two countries, you would find the statue of Christ.
When she had this erected, she knelt and prayed at the base along with thousands of people from both sides. The Christ statue stands over the great city with outstretched arms pointing to both sides. She said, “May this be a reminder. Every time we think about war or even have a warring thought, may we remember.’”
What each of us need to do is to “kneel” inside and look up to the Christ who has never had a warring thought against ANY people; and realize that regardless of how we feel in a negative way toward any other person or group of people, we can look toward that peace of God that sheds peace, not war, on both sides.
Let’s look at our own self. Peace begins with us individually. If you’re starting to argue or fight your significant other or your children, relative, or friend, then it’s time to take a minute or two to visualize that statue (and it is within us) and realize that there is the greater power who is there with you always, and can be the power that can come through you in a moment and heal any situation and bring it to a peaceful solution – and in ways you cannot even imagine.
Dorothy Parker stated, “It’s not the tragedies that kill us. It’s the messes.” Set peace of mind as your anchor, and organize your life around it.
Let’s write a sequel to the movie “E.T.”
Let’s use our imaginations. You know that E.T. phoned home, the space ship came down, the little men peered out, and E.T. went aboard the spaceship and went up with it.
In our movie, let’s say that E.T. came back. This time he brought along a Planetary Commission. This space ship was as big as a school or a church. E.T. and the Planetary Commission orbited the earth several times before deciding to land right in your neighborhood or town. They opened the huge door of the space ship and came out. What do you think the little men would say to us? They would shake their heads and say:
“You have divided this planet into 160 separate territorial fragments without rhyme or reason, without geographic, ecological, human or any other type of logic. All the fragments are sovereign. You have armed each one of these fragments to the hilt in order to defend the so-called integrity of the citizens within that fragment.”
One extra terrestrial rises and says,
“Listen here. I notice that you let two of the biggest parts of this international jigsaw puzzle stock the surface, the inside of the earth, the waters, the seas, the air and tomorrow the heavens, with nuclear devices that have the capability of destroying your world. You have put your best minds to work on war–not on peace.”
“You have spent huge sums of money on each of these territories and almost nothing to safeguard and provide for the needs of the planet as a whole.”
One of the elders, a wiser extra terrestrials says directly to you,
“And you educate your children to continue this process–to remember that each one of the 160 individual fragments is like an autonomous island.”
The extra terrestrials just shake their heads. We ask them to stay for dinner. They say, “No, no. We can’t stay.”
We ask “Why not?”
They reply, “Well, we’re scared to be here too long. We’re afraid that perhaps you’ll make us part of the war too.” And they take off.
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace, one must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it, one must work for it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
There is terrorism in France. People killing people over different belief in how to receive the love of God. And it is happening, not just in France but all over the West and moving on.
How crazy is that??!
Some of our cities are high crime areas, with gangs fighting gangs. There’s a war going on in many communities. Across our border, Mexican police and drug cartels are in full battle. There are wars going on in some individual homes. We have to begin where we are and allow it to spread from there. Peace is what is wanted at the heart of every human.
Marcus Aurelius said, “He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.”
If we can’t make our own area a place of harmony, how can we expect to make this planet a place of harmony? I challenge you today to make your home and your workplace a place of peace. Bring about that love and harmony that we all desire. You have the power. There is not one of you here who does not have God’s love with you, waiting to come through you.
Yes, you don’t know how to do it because you have been trying to do it with your human self. You may have been straining and struggling within the human mind to bring about peace in your home situation and you can’t. The human mind can’t do it alone. There has to be a Biblical wisdom from above. You then have the mind that was in Christ Jesus thinking and acting through you.
I love where I live – the city, the state, the country, and our wonderful earth. How do I defend this planet with everything inside of me? I do not do it with guns or weapons or putting my mind to work on how to destroy the people across the ocean. I defend my world by placing my hand out to another human being. I defend my world by understanding another, even though their customs or their color might be quite different from mine. I defend my world in this way because it is the only way I can make a lasting difference.
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (Amplified Bible)
The author George Lamsa said, “Peace is the ultimate objective of all religions. Peace is the only means whereby we can abolish war and create a universal state wherein all men and women of all races, creeds and colors live together and enjoy freedom, prosperity, security and equality.”
At their core, all religions DO teach peace; however, there are warring human factions within religions. These people are misguided and certainly do not follow the teachings of the founders. Sadly there are misguided people within every religion, even in the neighborhood corner church where congregation members sometimes choose the non-spiritual way of warring against themselves. A house divided cannot stand. God is love. To worship God we must worship in love. We must love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves. Everyone in the world is our neighbor.
I’d like to share something with you from Micah 4:3. As you read it, you’ll see this hasn’t happened so far. But remember how young this world is and how young we are in this world.
“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
I pray we don’t have to destroy ourselves first, before we can learn this lesson.
Isn’t it wonderful that this is in our future? It HAS TO BE in our future. Therefore I say it that way. If we are to remain as a society and a planet, we have to have a time when we no longer teach our children about war or about warring ways. It begins in the home and the business place.
Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Are you a peacemaker? Do you make peace? Or do you make war? You can make peace. If every person reading this made peace constantly and took the thought of war, quarreling or anger out of their minds, we would have a changed city, a changed county a changed state, nation, world. People from all over the world would see us as peacemakers. We would begin to change the world.
Pope John Paul II once said, “To reach peace, teach peace.” We must begin.
Common sense tells us that if the mortal mind is able to invent ways to destroy the world, it must also be capable of devising a world system to prevent its destruction.
It is up to us, who live on this planet, to learn the first secret of life. The first secret of life is that we are children of God. The people over there are children of God. We are all in this together. We are not separate. In cooperation, expressing the love of God, the peace in this planet will become a reality.
Rev. Donald Curtis, was a minister in Dallas, Texas. He wrote this, “Peace on earth is inevitable because more and more sincere and thinking people are attuned to the understanding that peace can only be found within the human heart, the coming of the Prince of Peace. The Christ is the inevitable need for all humankind.”
In What God is Like, author and poet James Dillet Freeman wrote a small piece of poetry that says it all. It says:
“Peace must be something more than to just end the war.
It is a discipline you must put on from within.
There is no reign of love that comes down from above.
God’s love must always start in someone’s human heart.”
God Bless You!