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Try Something New Tuesday – Christmas Eve

“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.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Good Morning and Merry Christmas Eve! It’s Try Something New Tuesday! We are always looking for something new to try, especially in terms of relieving our stress. We want a little “peace” and quiet, a “peaceful” evening, and “peace” in the office and at church.

I’ve been conducting a little research on peace for a book that I’m working on. I have a BA in Political Science and International Affairs with a minor in history and economics. So, I have spent many hours studying peace in the classroom. One thing I know for certain is we do not live in a peaceful world. All you need to do is turn on the television at night. You will see politicians arguing, shootings and other disturbing images. While this seems to be a new phenomenon, it’s not. History shows that only a little more than 10 percent of the time humans have inhabited the earth there has been peace. There have been 286 wars within the last 300 years in Europe alone. What have we or our representatives done? Entered into countless peace treaties meant to last forever. The sad truth is most lasted no more than two years.

Everyone want to eliminate stress and find some peace. Stress is not what you see on television, or at work. Stress is how we react to what is taking place. It’s internal to us. Stress is the internal tension, which can be both emotional and physical, we feel when we can’t control our environment.

I would like to suggest that real peace is not derived from what is going on around us. A warm bath does not give us peace. Walking in the woods may feel peaceful, but it doesn’t give us peace. Shootings and fights do not give us peace. Peace is something that happens within us.

God sent a personal representative to be our “Prince of Peace.” In John 14:24, Jesus explained to the disciples that although the world was certainly not peaceful, He would provide the peace we need that is unlike what we see and expect in the world. In fact, it is beyond our understanding. This is something to remember and to celebrate during Christmas and every day.

Today, turn inward to find the peace you are missing. May God bless you!

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Consider the Source

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:6, 8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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Happy Wednesday!  As a manager I’m always taking a mental inventory of people’s gifts.  Everyone is different and has different gifts.  Isn’t that great!  Some people are social. Others are more analytical.  Some people are detail oriented.    It’s not so important what your gift is, as it is to your ability to work within your gift.

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There are times all of us work outside our gifts, and that’s just life. However, when we can work within our gifts we are happier.  For example, if you love gardening, and you take a job in accounting, well you probably are not going to be very happy.   So, when we use and accept gifts, we need to consider the source.  If some one very crafty makes you a handmade gift.  That gift is priceless to the giver.  Regardless to what the gift is, it is special because the giver took the time to remember you.

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Go out and change the world today with your awesome gifts!  God bless you.