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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Calm (emotionally) (09/13/07)

TITLE: What makes us different
By Lynda Miller
09/13/07


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When I think of what drew me to faith in Jesus, one of the things I am reminded of is how calm and peaceful the serious Christians I knew seemed to me. I just couldnít understand why things didnít seem to bother them like they did me. I had been around long enough to know that everybody had to deal with things in life. How did they do it? I had to know. After all, I had tried everything else and it all left me emptier than before. This seemed so much different.

After I decided to follow Jesus, I learned something else about the calm demeanor I had seen. First, those that acted like Jesus belonged on Sunday mornings only were less likely to have that calm emotional attitude I craved. I learned that Jesus wanted every part of my life, even my past. The more I tried to lock certain parts away from Him, the more frustrated and less calm I was.

I also learned that the calm demeanor wasnít from behaving perfectly. I knew I didnít have it all together; I still donít. However, if I donít spend time in prayer and in Godís word, life gets tougher and my calmness is much harder to maintain. Either way I still have problems and things God working on in me, but my calmness is directly related to my time with Him each day. That is how I cooperate with His work and see results I cannot achieve on my own.

Also, I have noticed that I donít always feel calm when I react to a situation in a calm manner. After over ten years of pursuing Jesus, I am starting choose to behave consistently calm in most circumstances that used to frustrate me. However, internally I still felt the same way I did before I was saved. The knot in my stomach was still there, but it didnít govern the way I acted any more. I now know I will always battle my flesh, but the Spirit of God can help me overcome.

Someone told me once that you donít know what you have inside until pressure brings it out. Thankfully, God does not take all pressure out of our lives when we come to Him. I didnít always think that way until people started noticing how calm I react under pressure. He has truly done a work in me and I understand now itís not only for my benefit. I believe that people are searching for peace in life and worldly things cannot satisfy. As Christians, we have to understand we live our lives under a magnifying glass. We are left in the world to impact others like I was impacted. Unfortunately, we are often unrecognizable from the world that is searching for something more but it doesnít have to stay that way.

If we truly want to follow Jesus, we must stay connected to Him and try to learn how He would handle the situations we encounter from day to day. His life was filled with love and nothing took away His peace. In the middle of our chaotic world, our calm and loving lives are going to drown out everything else around. People will notice and that is why we are here. We say we know Jesus is the answer but we need to start showing it. Realizing He is the vine and we are the branches is the key to having others see we are different. We cannot possibly do this alone and we donít have to. The time we have left is short, so now is the time to act.


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Joanne Sher 09/22/07
You have some wonderful insights in this piece - especially about the pressure in our lives as a witness to unbelievers. This touched me and gave me much to ponder.
Pamela Kliewer09/22/07
Thank you for sharing your testimony. You have given me much to think about. This would make a great devotional.
Brenda Welc09/26/07
Are you my twin brain? You write about your Christianity much like I do. I like how you connected this peice together. I hope you share this with others around you not just FaithWriters. God blesses your writing, keep up the good writing and sharing your feelings so others can begin to understand what God's desire for us. Great writing!