Footsteps in Faith: Calmness on the outside doesn’t always translate into calmness on the inside

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Jon Knoedler
South Community Chaplain



I walked in to the kitchen to see my middle daughter shaking a can of Coke.

About the time I uttered, “Don’t open that can!” she popped the top of the ready-to-explode beverage.

With the consistency of Old Faithful, the can erupted all over the kitchen.

“I didn’t know it would do that,” was all she could say, as I got a towel for her to clean up the wet, sticky mess.

On the outside, the Coke can looked totally normal, but inside, it was in complete unrest. The pressure that had built up was too great.

We all run the risk of being like that can of Coke, especially during the Christmas season.

Many times, we keep things looking good and normal on the outside, portraying the image that everything is fine. However, if people could see what is happening on the inside, they would observe anything but peace.

I believe these feelings are normal, but if we don’t recognize them and deal with them, the results can be disastrous.

How do we find peace?

Did you know that Jesus is called the Prince of Peace in the Bible? He left perfect peace in heaven, to come to a world of chaos, to bring peace to our hearts.

In John 14:27, Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Herein lays the answer to perfect peace.

Christmas offers hope and true inner peace to all as we celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Jesus offers us the same gift of peace that he brought to this world more than 2,000 years ago, as he shared his perfect life with us, paying the debt for our sin by dying on the cross and rising from the dead to bring us to God.

This peace is the comfort that Jesus brings. He will bring true peace to anyone looking for answers to life’s greatest questions, if that person recognizes him and places trust in him.

The other day, my daughter learned a valuable lesson through that shaken Coke can. Just because something or someone looks good on the outside, does not mean that all is well on the inside.

Likewise, may you look to the Prince of Peace this Christmas season, to bring you true peace on the inside.


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