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Changing History: War and Peace. Saturday December 27, 2014

How could I start making better choices? Something Wayne Dyer had said years ago had captured my imagination, "I can choose peace rather than this." This is fabulously useful in conflict situations but it goes much deeper into what I call, "The Way of Peace."

The Apostle Paul believed that the Peace of God could guard our heart and mind. I knew that a step away from peace was a step towards war. My heart and my mind were at war – not with each other but with a Universe that wasn't working for me. The war had raged for years.

It is time for peace. So, today, I choose decisions that bring me peace – decisions where my heart and mind both say, "Yes!"

A Heart Full of Treasure.

My heart has something else to contribute to the process. Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there will be your heart also." Is it taking too many liberties to suggest that where your heart is, there will your treasure be also? Could it be that what my heart loves points the way to my treasure?

Just imagine, if I could find something I loved and that my heart and my mind were at peace about, surely I would find my treasure, wouldn't I? Could it be that success lies along the path of peace and the path of that which we love to do?

Regardless of your personal beliefs, there is wisdom in the Biblical principle of establishing every matter through the testimony of two or three witnesses. I wanted a 3rd way to check the quality of my future choices.

Fullness of Joy.

When you're in the right place, when you're making the right choices, there is a richness of joy. When something isn't right, you sense it, and you can lose your joy. So here is my third guide to right choices: joy.

I thus have a trinity of guiding principles:

· Does this choice bring me peace in my heart and my mind?
· Does pursuing this choice lead me down a path that I would love to follow?
· Does this choice bring me joy?

Of course, peace, love and joy are three segments of what is called, "The Fruit of the Spirit." The ultimate test of any right choice is going to be the quality of the fruit it produces. Good choices produce good fruit, worthwhile treasure.

Is it time to plant new choices, new fruit trees?

I know it is for me.

A Moodscope member.

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Di Murphey Sat, Dec 27th 2014 @ 5:01am

Dearest Lex,
War and peace: I can choose peace; a heart full of treasure (Jesus' wisdom): "Is it taking too many liberties...?" and; (ta-da!) fullness of joy: its ultimate choice of the quality of fruit it produces.

Inspiring words. True words. You say (paraphrased) no matter your belief system, Jesus has something profound to say & we have a choice as to whether or not we embrace these wise words.

Yes. Let us look at hte ultimate test. Look at the quality of the fruit we produce. Let us consider planning new choices, new trees.

Oh, wise friend. You have touched my heart with your planted fruit.
Di Murphey

Hopeful One Sat, Dec 27th 2014 @ 7:16am

Hi Lex-I agree that the best results are obtained when the heart and the head work together when we set out towards our destination. But it is worth reminding ourselves that the fruit of our effort is not a given. I think it was the Nobel Prize winning author , Rabindranath Tagore who observed" We are only the master of our effort not of the fruit' . I find it useful , in addition , to regard my journey and the destination as the one and the same. In this way we enjoy and appreciate the butterflies we encounter on our path as we head towards our own destination .

Julia Sat, Dec 27th 2014 @ 10:19am

I think most of us muddle through life, making bad and good choices along the way. I often think if I had my time again, I wouldn't have done that or I would have done that differently but honestly I know for certain I would still make bad choices. Lex, you inspire us here on Moodscope. You often fill me with joy and chuckles with your amusing words. I am sure you could make a choice that you will put your writing and verbal skills to help more people perhaps? In a way which doesn't drain you but brings in money and personal satisfaction. I am not a regular church goer but our 900 year old church here is a lovely old building, a traditional place of worship with a declining congregation , not evangelical and with a wonderful atmosphere but it is crying out for new life and an energetic leader like you. I am sure there are many places and organisations that need you. Anyway I wish you all the best in your choices from now on and thank you again for your lovely blogs this year. Long may they continue.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Sat, Dec 27th 2014 @ 12:46pm

Thought provoking and inspiring, Lex. I like Hopeful One's cooment that we are in charge of our efforts but not the fruit. I am currently in that (surely familiar to many of us) state of mind when every bit of friut from my labours seems sour, wizened, worm-eaten and utterly unworth the effort I put into it. But my brain and past experience tells me I am just tired and experienced the deflation common to everyone after great effort. Your trinity of peace, love and joy is inspiring and I shall hold it for myself also. Thank you, friend.

Julia Sat, Dec 27th 2014 @ 2:17pm

I am feeling like that too Mary and like you, told myself this morning that my feelings were probably not uncommon at this time of the year. Post Christmas effort etc. My brain is too fuzzy wuzzy to-day to know whether I agree that we are only master of the effort we make and not of the fruit. I will ponder on that.

Anonymous Sat, Dec 27th 2014 @ 10:33pm

Hallo Lex, you always post stuff that gets my brain thinking! How very dare you! ;-) Thank you, I do need new trees... I now know the ones I want, I'm just having trouble with the planting. Wellies anyone? Love ratg xx.

Julia and too. I do best with routine and so this holiday of unknown days (is it Friday? is it Sunday?) and body clock mashup, takes its toll. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, make your achievements small and score off at least one more week. Only then will we begin to uncurl our wings again xxx.

The Entertrainer Sun, Dec 28th 2014 @ 8:36am

Hi Di
I'm so glad I've touched your heart with these words... and I hope you realise that you also touch so many other people's hearts with your regular words of encouragement. You are a treasure.

The Entertrainer Sun, Dec 28th 2014 @ 8:38am

Hello Hopeful One... that's a rather liberating insight you've shared there - and I'm deeply grateful for it. "...the fruit of our effort is not a given." That would prevent a lot of frustration if matters don't work out the way we think they ought to - given our hard work. Thank you.

The Entertrainer Sun, Dec 28th 2014 @ 8:48am

Dear Julia, thank you for this 'witness' that I'm pursuing a happier path when I write. Those of us who write, I'm sure, share a similar fear - that our words are of little value. To hear assurances that what we have shared touches some of our friends out there in the wider world is a great comfort and encouragement... and a catalyst for action!

The Entertrainer Sun, Dec 28th 2014 @ 8:53am

I am SO glad that I feel connected with you good folks. And I enjoyed writing the words, "good folks." You really are a source of goodness in my life. Specifically, knowing that we share so many emotional states. I can so relate to what you're saying, Mary, which gives all the more weight to Hopeful One's insights. If we are in love, in joy and in peace during the journey, I'm sure we can be said to have played the major part of the journey in a way that is aligned with our best.

If the fruit seems wizened, then let us remember that we are not isolated - that other factors over which we have no say or control can impact the outcome. I also recognise, with you both, that my own mental state influences the way I see my fruit. For me, sleep is perhaps the most important deciding factor in influencing the way I see my World.

The Entertrainer Sun, Dec 28th 2014 @ 8:57am

Dear RATG, I would love to plant trees with you - wellies or no wellies. I'd also love to know about the trees you have chosen.
Reading your kind words, I suddenly had a desire to draw trees today! That might be my small achievement today.
Random thought though it may be, I'd be really interested to hear if anyone feels drawn towards a particular type of tree... and to discover if they know why???

The Entertrainer Sun, Dec 28th 2014 @ 9:00am

...and I wanted to add, dear Julia, how attractive your church sounds. When I was younger, I was drawn towards the modern. Now I find 'history' far more fascinating. The idea of an ancient church building is very attractive. Whilst my faith asks far more many questions than it answers, it would still be great to have a sanctuary from the weekly storms!

Julia Sun, Dec 28th 2014 @ 5:35pm

I am sure there is a place for C of E vicars who ask more questions than are able to give answers. (I know you are not a vicar!!)I am glad you like the sound of our church building. It is lovely but it doesn't attract large numbers at its services; only tourists visit in large numbers to go up the tower and to wander round the church, take photos etc. There must be an answer somewhere out there. With your wit and wisdom Lex, you could devise a plan for falling C of E congregations.

Anonymous Mon, Dec 29th 2014 @ 10:56am

Acers...the Japanese maple...I have one in my front garden that is growing wider than it is tall!! It's so strong but with such a delicate leaf. It's sound in the wind. And the colour through the seasons...when all my mind can see is grey, it suddenly flashes at me and reminds me that I am only human.
Sorry...late to post here...maybe everyone gone now :-)
Love from the room above the garage x.

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