Hello everyone it’s me Jb. I haven’t done a video in a while and I wanted to start this year off great. To be honest 2016 has been the worst year out of my life so far. And I don’t say that lightly, I’ve been taking stock and this last year, and even including the year I saw a man killed this has been the worst year. I have had the most pain, lost and unstableness, I’ve ever had. I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I can handle and I’ve learned that without God, this year would have been the end of me emotional.
I noticed in 2015, God was changing me, I was becoming more of an emotional person. I’ve always been a stuffer and for the more part I still am, but I’m more open with my emotions. I shared this with a friend who told me that maybe God was preparing me for something and I honestly I think it was for this year, there are a few things that happen that I think was all preparing me for this year. Some changes I made, some things I felt God was telling me. And since he has been dealing with me with opening up more and telling my story. I’m now sitting here sharing things I would have never shared in a million years. But the thing is we all have a story and that story could help someone else get through what they are going through and you can’t help if you don’t open your mouth.
So even though this was the hardest year of my life, God has been right beside me, lining up the things that were needed for it to not be too much for me to bare. Because he says, he won’t won’t put more on us than we can bare and for us to take on his yoke, and that his yoke was easy. I have been holding on to these things. All the promises that he has made us.
The end of this year ended with the death of my biological father, this effected me differently than I expected. And it’s had me thinking about so many things. One of those things was my relationships with people and wanting to make sure I do everything in my power to live at peace, because we don’t know when our day will come. And I want to know everyday. That I’ve done all I can do, because I’m only responsible for what I do. This is me, trying my best to live out God’s word. But with this I feel I want to do more. I want for my life and experiences to be used by God. I want for my life to reflect what God wants for us and that means living his word. So I’ve decided to take a verse a week to really think on and try to live out. Because I feel I read the Bible and I know what it says but am I really living it. Am I really committed to the God who has saved me and has given me everything and has seen me through so much. Then I need to live it. So this is me trying my best so each week I will share my verse and each week one more new thing to live out.
So since I’ve already started with this verse I thought it should be the first one.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”Romans 12:18 NIV
So I practicing this one as the year begins and I have to say, it feels good knowing that I have tried, and this one is a hard one because to truly live at peace you have to put you to the side, you have to extend yourself even at the cost of your feelings, because it doesn’t say to live at peace only if it’s easy. Because it won’t be, but what I love about this is that it’s as far as it depends on you. Which lets you know not everyone will respond like you want them to, but you have to do what you need to do.
I want this verse to be lived out in my life and it will be. Because one thing I’ve relieaxes with my fathers death is. If I cjould live at peace with the man that has caused me the most pain in my life then I can live at peace with anyone and everyone and I will. Because live is too short to not have peace. It makes me so thankful that God has made me really forgiving because know I know this verse is possible for me to live out.
So how about you? Is there anyone you need to start your journey of living at peace with? Do you need to step out and reach out? Will it be hard yes? Could you get your feeling hurt? yes. But could you also mend a bridge and get that person back in your life? And I can tell you right know, that there is no better feeling than knowing that as far as it concerns You, that you are living at peace. That is a feeling I can’t even describe.
So join me, as I spend this year going through different verses and working at living them out. Some may be easy others will push you, but all of them will bring you closer to God and that is My Desire.
So let’s start this week with peace, Til next week …..