When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. – Jimi Hendrix
As you read this, the days leading to the winter solstice and the eventual arrival of Santa are few in number. Then, before you know it, a new year will have dawned as we usher in 2011.
It’s at this time of year when all of Christendom ponders the powerful message of peace inherent in the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
During his time on earth, about two millennia ago, Jesus preached a simple but profound message – one of peace, love and forgiveness among all people. Through his life example, Jesus was showing us how we should conduct our own life.
A definite hallmark of the life modeled by the carpenter’s son would be a strict adherence to the time-honored teaching contained in the ‘Golden Rule’.
It was just the other day the topic of the Golden Rule came to mind. I was watching a news report about the fallout from the WikiLeaks story, where, in the past week or so, secret government intelligence reports had been released over the Internet.
During the news report I was struck by a comment that came from a certain politician. This gentleman said something to the effect, “What are we supposed to do now? We’ll really have to watch what we’re saying in future.”
My first thought was – well, how about taking an active interest in the Golden Rule and letting that be your guide? By doing so, the rest should take care of itself.
Speaking of life guides, in Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount he gave us another code to help us discern the best life path to follow – the ‘Beatitudes’. The very first Beatitude states: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt.5:3)
That beatitude speaks to me of humility – of being open to following God’s word in our life. In my estimation, that humility of spirit has its origin in our patterns of thought.
In his seminal book, ‘As a Man Thinketh’, James Allen said: “We do not attract what we want but that which we are. Our wishes and prayers are gratified and answered only when they harmonize with our thoughts and actions.”
Those are powerful statements, aren’t they?
If the formula is as simple as that: right thoughts plus right actions equals a life of gratification, why aren’t more people subscribing to that philosophy and, as a consequence, walking around in a total state of bliss?
Yes, I know, that’s probably one of those proverbial million dollar questions.
Here’s my answer (I thought you might want to know!). The number of people who are really at peace with themselves and others, and who have their life in a state of splendid harmony, will greatly increase when more of us have adopted a humbleness, or generosity, of spirit.
That is, when we’ve supplanted negative thoughts of fear and doubt with positive thoughts of faith and prosperity; and when we’ve infused our thinking with Biblical verses that can empower us to be the best we can be.
One of my favorites is from Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
Jesus said: “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Jesus wants us to be living a charmed life. He wants us to adopt an attitude of gratitude and to have a maturity of faith that will sustain us through the difficult times we face.
In Revelation 3:20, Jesus extends an open invitation to his grace in our life: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
May the peace of Christmas be with you and your family.
Leonard Quilty is a Teacher with the Center for Learning@Home in Okotoks, Alberta. He can be reached by e-mail at ‘email@example.com’.