Jesus said not to assume the He came to bring peace to the earth. He did not come to bring peace, but a sword. What did He mean by that? By reading the Gospels and then the letters of Paul, we learn that Jesus was not on earth to placate the political and religious leaders of the time; he came to bring peace and love to humanity, but these same leaders refused to accept him and put him to death; at least they put him to human death.
Jesus was chosen by God to lead God’s people into the lighted path peace, love, and eternal life, the things that God promised as far back as the Garden. Jesus in turn calls us to lead our people. He asks us to do what is set before us; of course, we must recognize the fact the God and Jesus are inside of us always, talking to us, but we seldom listen.
We should listen to God always; he calls us to do things that sometimes are out of our comfort zone. I was over 50 before I realized that God want me to teach; once I did, I loved it; there was no hesitation. Since then, I have taken advantage of everything that God has placed before me, without reservation. I am not perfect, or even flawless; but with God’s help, I am resilient; God has given me the ability, as He does for all of us, to recover from our failures, reset our direction, and continue in His light.
When we recognize what God had in store for us, we are able to adjust, reboot it that is a better word, to any situation. I trust what God puts on my plate; I know that what is there will benefit all whom I meet. I know that God loves me without reservation; I am faithful to God, and I know He is faithful to me. I know this from the successes I have had since realizing His presence in my life.
Proverbs tells us “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what the day will bring.” Walter Payton put it in his words, “tomorrow is promised to no one.” We do not know, nor do we rally want to know what is going to occur tomorrow; I trust that God will keep my physical body going for a little longer, so that I can continue to write, be a prayer minister, and bring love into everyone’s heart.
That is what God has set before me. I trust that this enlightens those I touch. And, like Jesus, I am rebuffed and scorned by many people. But this is my calling. This is my duty to the people I meet. From the song of the same name, my philosophy is, “For tomorrow may rain, so, I’ll follow the sun.”