Along life’s road
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.–John 14:27.
Driving back into town after attending a wedding reception at Lyford Cay last Sunday night, I listened to Idris Reid’s program on Love 97.5. It is a program that it entirely devoted to the music of the masters and his voice harmoniously blends with the heavenly sounds of God’s gifted men of years gone by.
There was music by Bach, Haydn but particularly there was piano impromptu in B Major by Franz Peter Schubert who was born in Liechtenthal near Vienna, in 1797. His father was a peasant school teacher and his mother was a cook.
As I listened to the rich bass sounds of the piano and the intricate notes carefully and skillfully executed by the maestro, I felt as if I was in another world that was void of strife, confusion malice and greed. The curves on the road became like parallel lines. I talked to myself about how after 200 years, Schubert’s music was giving my soul a spiritual high. Then I thought of how it is important to leave something of value for the world to enjoy–my peace I leave with you.
Again, I must confess that I love driving, but that does not particularly apply here at home. Driving, like music, calls for all of your attention–for you to give your very best. So, if I had anything to do with it, I would definitely have a national driving school because it is not fair to citizens to see a driver’s education car that clearly defines that it is a vehicle in which people are taught, parked on the curve by a wash house with its trunk dangerously in the road, which is obviously an infraction of the law.
On a recent week-long trip to Tallahassee, I did not see one accident nor a car that showed signs of having been in an accident. It spoke volumes of the driving pattern of that city.
Jesus is on His way out and He is having a discourse with His Disciples. He admonishes them to put away fear, worry and doubt. He implores them to increase and strengthen their belief and prepares them for the time when He would no longer be here.”Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions.”
Our life spent here on earth is not for the purpose of accumulating wealth alone, which has to be distributed by you before you leave, but to leave footprints on the sands of time by doing good for the betterment of humankind. We are so busy getting this and getting that, we have no time to think about making an impact upon lives.
“But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you.”
These are times when we must begin to consider our lifestyles, as it will be duplicated by our children, followers and others when we are no longer here. We must do good things that will stand the test of time. It is not enough to bring to someone’s attention, to do good and be good, for the sake of convenience. It is not enough to think good and not execute good. It is not enough to ask someone at the altar if they love you, when you had all the opportunities to do so during courtship. It is not enough to ask someone to show their hand when the card tournament is over.
Jesus is telling us that He is going away but He is leaving with us the legacy of Peace. What are you leaving for others to enjoy and advance their particular course when you are no longer here?What is it that you are leaving for your children to continue?What is it that you are leaving that will propel your earthly cause and advance other’s station in life?
It is better to write on the hearts of the people, that which will benefit country and glorify God, than to write on parchment, answers that are only for this time alone and not for posterity!
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