Non-Violence is the Power of God within Us

 The” broken system” mentioned by many people in reference to our society speaks to a society that romanticizes violence.  Films, music, and television have made anti-heroes out of violent men.  Poverty, drugs, and alcohol have provided the fuel for angry tempers that play out in violent crimes.  The human condition finds a duality of personalities in each and every person in our society in which  a struggle or conflict rages between good and evil, i.e., “Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”   Our society in American is on a downward spiral of progressively greater and greater violence, The rate and severity of violence appears to be multiplying and increasing in scope and breath daily. Is our democracy and peaceful way of life on a path of violent self destruction? .  If we remain silent, our lives and our children’s lives  will be swallowed up by the darkness of violence.  We cannot  continue to choose to be silent about the societal narrative that speaks to the  use of violence to stem violence .

Our conscience must ask us: ” Is the use of violence as a method for revenge, aggression, and retaliation right?

Consider this: violence begets the very thing that it attempts to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiples it. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, : Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.”images


Briefly, darkness can not drive out darkness, only the light of love and understanding can do it.

Such an idea flies in the face of being culturally unacceptable and makes for   unsafe politics and unpopularity. Regardless the cost, as a society, we have a choice!   We must realize that nonviolence is not the answer for  overcoming oppression and violence, we must choose to speak out against violence as a remedy. Our future hangs on its wings.

In order to  evolve as a peaceful society, we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one that is right!  As parents, we can impact the minds of our children with words of understanding and rational thought to help them to better understand the complexity of our world and its conflicting values.  Such a narrative begins with you and your ideas regarding the question of violence. While you search your heart and mind for the answers, consider Gandhi’s words, : Non-violence does not admit of running away from danger and leaving dear ones unprotected.”  He expressed that non-violence is an active force of the highest order.  It is the soul force or the power of God within us. 

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.


The Serenity Prayer


God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.


Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.


–Reinhold Niebuhr


Serenity Prayer

Inspired by the Spirit –March 12

1st Corinthians: 12:4-11

In the Christian life, we are blessed with individual talents or “gifts.”  God through His spirit coaches us and blends our talents with those of other individuals to form an unbeatable team of players: our church. So let us play the game, hear His instructions, and bring home a victory in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am blessed to play with a great bunch of men from North Carolina that bow their heads before every game and thank our Lord for the chance to play together in the game of softball.  Many times after a game, we will join hearts with the opposing team to give thanks and praise.  Today, I give thanks and praise to my friends in Christ.Devotionals 001

Day 1

2012 03 24_1056CrossJob…was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. Job 1:1.

We know Job was blameless and upright.  He worshiped God to avoid evil.  He was concerned for his children’s spiritual well-being.  We all share the same concern for our children’s spiritual well-being.  As a child, I recall going to Sunday School and reading the illustrated bible study text, that gave me the  foundation for  good Christian teachings.  As my children aged through adolescence to adulthood, I hoped to be a good role model by following those teachings learned from my childhood.  You have a challenge as parents or grandparents to influence the hearts and minds of your children and grandchildren with your actions and words.  Are you a believer?  Job has always been my teacher.