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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)

TITLE: That Comparison Problem
By Dawn Dale


In this world of chaos, peace seems evasive. Not only on the outside, but on the inside, as well. Something so close to my heart, well, it's just hard to come by.

You know, maybe if I had Angels talking to me on a daily basis, I'd be OK. Maybe if they were reassuring me on a constant basis, I wouldn't have those day-to-day worries. I'd sit back, put my feet up on my desk, hands behind my head, and say, "No worries!".

Then I'd be faced with this. It's that comparison problem. "I have a lot more to deal with than the average person. I've a lot more physical problems. My family is scattered about, we still talk, it's just that we're all in different cities, even different countries. It's hard to keep together. And then there's this, I just can't seem to find my place in my church. And, I have a hard time with the people that I work with. I'm just not sure if I really can have peace?"

It's not just this world of chaos, it's this heart. It's my heart.

And I wonder.

How did He do it?

Jesus, that's who I'm talking about. That's who I'm trying to compare myself with. I guess that's who we're supposed to compare ourselves with. Jesus.

Can I rephrase that comparison problem?

"He had a lot more to deal with than the average person. He was going to face a lot of physical pain. His family would reject Him. In the church, He didn't make too many friends. . . especially after he upset the money changers table. In His day-to-day world, He found 12 friends to confide in and to work with in the advance of the kingdom, and, at His most crucial moment, they all turned their backs on Him. I'm just not sure He could really have peace. "

But, I think He did.

In John 12: 30, Jesus made this statement, "This voice has not come for my sake, but for your sakes."1. Earlier, in that same passage, he was foretelling his own death. Here's a little bit of how the story goes. John 12:27 starts out with Jesus speaking, "Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, `Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 "Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came out of heaven: "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."2

The voice that came out of heaven was in answer to Jesus' request, "Father, glorify Your name." Yet, Jesus said that this voice had not come for his sake, but for the sakes of those who were gathered around Him.

Jesus knew who His Father was. He had peace, even while facing the cross.

We know who our Father is. Can't we find peace there? Even while facing the cross?

I don't think we have the right to compare ourselves to others. We are all facing the same cross. We may have different circumstances, but, we all have the same Father. We all have the same Jesus. Whatever angle we're facing the cross from, we have the same hope of eternity with our heavenly Father.

We know who our Father is. Can't we find peace there? Even while facing the cross?

1. John 12: 30 (NAS)
2. John 12: 27, 28 (NAS)

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George Parler 06/10/06
Nice commentary of an aspect of peace.
Helen Paynter06/12/06
Very interesting perspective - thought provoking. I enjoyed your chatty style.
Virginia Gorg06/13/06
Excellent article - well done, attention holding, flows well. :)