This is a most wonderful time of the year that allows us to focus on giving, loving and sharing our faith as well, because others are more open to a discussion. Not everyone is thinking about the birth of Christ but there is at the very least a question on what this season is about.
One of the more popular Christmas quotes is "Peace on earth and goodwill toward men". Certainly with multiple wars going on at the moment this seems like something we are not able to achieve. However, the Lord never promised a rose garden as he heeded us in the words "In this world you will have trouble".
But he encourages us to take heart because he has overcome the world. In two passages in John 20, after he has risen from the tomb, he calms down the apostles fears and the doubts of Thomas with these words - Peace Be With You. In the middle of a chaotic situation when they did not understand what was going on with Jesus
he encouraged them that he was back and he had their back.
Funny how things come around that go around. Jesus was born and died in an atmosphere of chaos but yet he says this as he is about to depart in John 14 - Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Today my friend between the wars, the confusion and chaos of this world, God urges us to understand that his peace is all about being calm in the midst of any storm. What the world does doesn't dictate what he does. Make our decisions while at peace, not chaos, live our lives anyway for him despite the circumstances knowing he has our back, knowing our destination.
Peace Be With You - let his words marinate in your heart this Christmas!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.