Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Calm (emotionally) (09/13/07)
TITLE: What makes us different
By Lynda Miller
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
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 wasn’t from behaving perfectly. I knew I didn’t have it all together; I still don’t. However, if I don’t spend time in prayer and in God’s 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 don’t 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 didn’t 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 don’t 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 didn’t 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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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 don’t have to. The time we have left is short, so now is the time to act.
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.