What is peace? Is it the absence of conflict or the presence of something else? The answer… YES! But there is more.
For peace in this world to exist it would mean erasing the wars between nations and tribes. We would need to rid the world of hatred, pride, racism, poverty, pain and suffering. A huge task and one that has evaded humanity throughout all of recorded history. For us to have peace in this world and for it to be more than wishful thinking, there must be a call for something not to simply be eliminated or removed but something to be present.
For peace to come into this world it must enter through the human heart. It is living life by the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Almost every religion in the world has some form of this in their teaching. This is a noble way to live. It seems simple enough. So why can’t we do it? Why is the world constantly exploding in violence and hatred?
If we are honest each of us knows we are flawed. We make mistakes; we fail. We cannot live up to the simplest of standards. I know in my own life I am selfish, self-centered and I look out for myself. I need to change.
Pop-Icon Michael Jackson was a brilliant artist. He was also a troubled individual. He recorded an anthem about change in the human heart, Man in the Mirror. (Here’s a link to the video and the words are below https://youtu.be/PivWY9wn5ps )
Great ideas, moving words, but Michael was not able to transform his own life. He died way too young. We get glimpses of this kind of transformation in the world. A few saints here and there who embody this kind of life. Whether it was Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu or Billy Graham, they all amended their lives through faith. The internal change yielded an external change.
We will not get to peace through politics or policy. We don’t get there through programs or force. We get to true and lasting peace when it resides in the human heart. When the world throws its worst at us and we resist the urge to fight back, we stand strong, we do so not from sheer will power, but through the power of faith.
Yes, for peace to be achieved, we not only need fear and hatred to be absent, we need faith to be present. Faith can sustain you in the midst of the storm. You can be in the eye of the hurricane and still have peace.
So are you ready and willing? Are you able? Not on your own – we all need help. Ask for it today.
I’m Gonna Make A Change, For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good, Gonna Make A Difference, Gonna Make It Right . . .
As I, Turn Up The Collar On My Favorite Winter Coat This Wind Is Blowin’ My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street, With Not Enough To Eat Who Am I, To Be Blind? Pretending Not To See Their Needs
A Summer’s Disregard, A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man’s Soul They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya’ Know ‘Cause They Got Nowhere To Go
That’s Why I Want You To Know
I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror, I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change
I’ve Been A Victim Of A Selfish Kind Of Love, It’s Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me, Pretending That They’re Not Alone?
A Widow Deeply Scarred, Somebody’s Broken Heart, And A Washed-Out Dream
They Follow The Pattern Of The Wind, Ya’ See
Cause They Got No Place To Be
That’s Why I’m Starting With Me
(Written by Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group)
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