Thursday, December 08, 2005

Peace of God...

Have you known God's peace?

I'll let you know, my life is not easy. There have been people who see me as naive about life, about being an adult just because I am a mere 19 year old.

I have school, I have work, I have my ministry as a worship at leader church. I struggle with many things such as the areas of resposibility, and (recently) relationships. These are new things in my life. My life can be a mess at times. I don't manage my money well, I'd rather be out with friends than do homework. My parents want me to do things at home. I don't want to go to school. Emotions pain me at times.

But in all that, I have learned to trust in God, to let Him take care of all my problems. Sometimes I forget that He's there, but He's always ready to recieve me back. I'm at peace right now.

How many of you can say that? You may not believe half the things I am saying. You may not believe that there is a God that loves you. You can argue about that all you want, but you can not refute the fact that I have peace. And so I ask you again:

Have you known God's PEACE?

6 Comments:

Blogger Jeff and Lisa said...

Sounds like you've been doing some thinking Man-fish. Ok, let's exercise the brain muscles with some food for thought:

Regarding youth:

"Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves
that break upon the idle seashore of the mind."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Life ebbs and flows with changing experiences, thoughts, even your sense of self as time goes on. Let it flow...

Your faith and the strength you find in God:

"People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed only
if there is light from within."
-Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926 -)

Honestly, glad you have found your light from within. May it keep you warm on cold nights...

Our thoughts on being open-minded:

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it,
no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own
reason and your own common sense."
-Buddha (536 B.C.-483 B.C.)

Faith is the absence of reason, and that is fine. But question EVERYTHING ELSE. Even faith has to be challenged every once awhile, otherwise can it really be justified as faith, or just plain ignorance (or apathy)?

And why you should listen to your parents and get your homework done (seriously):


"The whole of life, from the moment you are born
to the moment you die, is a process of learning."
-Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986)

Embrace learning, growth, and thought. Knowledge is the power and the ability to speak with conviction.

Do not be foolhardy and think that we live without God, because we do believe in God and see him everywhere. But as our Hindu friend's t-shirt states "God is too big to fit into one religion".

Chill out, we aren't trying to change your mind, just open it a little bit...

Have a good night, we honestly wish you well and are not evil atheist out to destroy you. We can practice when we preach as well and be open your thoughts and ideas - all thoughts have merit.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Interesting philosophies, Jeff and Lisa.
One problem with your references; they were all made by men.
I know you don’t believe it, but the Bible is God’s perfect Word to His creation.


You said:
Regarding youth:
"Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves
that break upon the idle seashore of the mind."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
Life ebbs and flows with changing experiences, thoughts, even your sense of self as time goes on. Let it flow...


The Bible says:
Isaiah 40:29-31 New International Version (NIV)
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


You Said:
Your faith and the strength you find in God:
"People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within."
-Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926 -)
Honestly, glad you have found your light from within. May it keep you warm on cold nights...


Jesus says:
John 12:45-47 New International Version (NIV)
45When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. 46I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47"As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.


You said:
Our thoughts on being open-minded:
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."
-Buddha (536 B.C.-483 B.C.)
Faith is the absence of reason, and that is fine. But question EVERYTHING ELSE. Even faith has to be challenged every once awhile, otherwise can it really be justified as faith, or just plain ignorance (or apathy)?


Jesus says:
John 11:25-27 New International Version (NIV)
25Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
27"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."

And Jesus prayed for you, Man-Fish
John 17:20-21 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.


You said:
Embrace learning, growth, and thought. Knowledge is the power and the ability to speak with conviction.

I agree, knowledge is the power and ability to speak with conviction. It’s what we study that is important. Study His Word and then compare EVERYTHING to what is taught to you by God through his Word. Then you will truly be prepared to live life to it’s fullest.


You said:
Do not be foolhardy and think that we live without God, because we do believe in God and see him everywhere. But as our Hindu friend's t-shirt states "God is too big to fit into one religion".

Well keep in mind that the Hindus have over 330 million gods and they reside in everything. Yes, to him I’m sure that “god” does seem too big to fit into one religion.


You said:
Chill out, we aren't trying to change your mind, just open it a little bit...
Have a good night, we honestly wish you well and are not evil atheist out to destroy you. We can practice when we preach as well and be open your thoughts and ideas - all thoughts have merit.


Excellent!! Then you won’t have a problem with reading the Bible with an open mind. I’d recommend starting at Genesis and ending with Revelations.

God Bless You Man-Fish. Remember that if you don’t believe in anything, you’ll fall for everything.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Man-Fish said...

I was going to come up with a response, but I don't think I could have said it better. Plus, this was ver encouraging. Thanks a lot.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

May God Bless You.
Keep the Faith.
I look forward to meeting you at the Lord's table some day.
Merry Christams!!
-J.i.L.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Amen!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Elise said...

Hang in there Man-fish! I can totally relate to everything you are talking about. You're pretty much explaining my life. I too am 19, away at college trying to deal with relationships, family, money, ministry...19 year old struggles and emotions. Jesus is Lord hit it right on. There's not much more to say, but stay faithful and God will pour out his blessings on you more than you can even imagine.

4:22 PM  

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