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There is an overhead bridge (close to our headquarters) which connects two sections of a retirement community. I pass under it almost daily.

At Christmas, there are strings of lights which have been configured to display three words on the overhang of the bridge:  

JOY, LOVE, and PEACE

Last year, as I approached the bridge, I suddenly noticed there was something different…something wasn’t quite right.

Ah! Now I could see. For some reason, the bulbs for the word PEACE were not lit. You could only see JOY and LOVE.

Suddenly, God used what was on that bridge to convey a critical reminder to me. What I saw tells us why there is not a lot of peace in this world. Although the words JOY and LOVE were lit up, I was reminded that when these go dark, peace also becomes dark.

In the workplace, we have workers who are not at peace in their occupation. There could be different reasons including the fact that God did not call them to do that work in which case they will always feel empty.

And, what about the employee who is constantly chastised by a boss who does not carry love and joy in his or her heart..... OR the boss who has employees who do not cooperate with each other and constantly bring problems to the manager's desk. The boss is not at peace because the lights of joy and love are not turned on in the hearts of the workers.

Amidst the search for peace, I dare not avoid asking some difficult questions.

How can I find peace anywhere?  How can any of us find peace in the United States where so many are divided about so many issues?  How can I find peace in a world that has been invaded this year by an enemy called the coronavirus and especially if a loved one or close friend is on a ventilator or has left us because of this horrible disease.   

Well, the answer to such questions has actually been shown on the bridge. Even in the midst of sorrow, peace begins with each one of us. If we, as Christians, turn on the lights of love and joy in our lives, there will be an inward peace which comes into our heart because it is our Savior who invented these two essential ingredients that have nothing to do with circumstances but, beyond ourselves, a concern for others. The letters which spell J-O-Y always help me to remember what should be the right priorities in my life:

Jesus (first)

     Others (Second)

   Yourself. (Last)

This directly impacts our own behavior before others who can see a life that defies doom and gloom which satan loves but which does little in building relationships. Like the bridge that connects the retirement community, we then become connected to others regardless of who they are.  We especially need the connection when a tragedy enters our life. And when the connection has been made and someone comes to us and says something like “You’re different” or “Why are you so cheerful in this stinking workplace”, we can just pause and take a deep breath and declare Christmas before them anytime of the year. The message might resemble this......

“It is because someone by the name of Jesus was born in a stable and He brought the joy and love which you see in my life and because of that, regardless of any frustrations which arise, I have a peace which no one can remove from my inner being”. 

As I come to the close of this month's newsletter, the words of one of my favorite songs is ringing out in my mind......

"Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God as our Father, brothers all we are, let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony." 

Now, as we at Worker Ministries join with you the celebration of His spectacular birth, this is our prayer for you and your loved ones....

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

I invite you to join me on our You Tube channel. Click below and you will find 28 recorded messages including one-minute presentations for those who have a heavy schedule:

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I look forward to being with you in January.   In the meantime, I must be about my Father's business.

altVery truly yours,

Jim Hogsett, Writer for Guideposts Magazine and President/Founder at WORKER MINISTRIES WORLD HEADQUARTERS

   

 

 

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