A few weeks ago, a friend of mine posted a youtube video of Keith Urban singing “But For The Grace of God” please watch and more importantly listen to the video here:

I have been contemplating over the lyrics of that song and it has been difficult not to go down to my knees in awe and gratitude for me being here on this earth right here and right now. The lives we live can either be a step towards heaven or a step towards hell, the choice is ours to make based on what we are passionate about. Unfortunately it is all too easy to get caught up in going through the motions day in and day out that we do not even realize how we are living and who it is affecting.

Adam Lanza made headlines recently and has been talked about as being a “Psychopath” and a “Monster” Everyone is passing judgment anywhere and everywhere, some are putting blame on him, others on his family, others on the government, and others on guns and the manufacturers of weapons. I agree that his actions were horrible, however, we should not be too quick to judge him as an individual. He was still a human being, therefore, any one of us could do the same thing he did and even worse because we are human beings as well. This is called living in free will. Jesus Christ knew this and yet He still loved us so much that he came down to live in this world and be among us and set an example of how life should be lived. His love continued while his innocent tortured body was on the Cross because of all the sins, we as human beings have done and will do and he prayed this simple prayer: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” The fate of Adam Lanza in this world was death, as for the fate of his eternal soul; that is solely up to God to decide and not us.

What is happening is that our intellect has achieved the most tremendous things, but in the meantime our spiritual dwelling has fallen into turmoil. Proverbs 1:24 and 28-31 says: “Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded…Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.”

I am not suggesting that we simply forget everything we have learned, on the contrary, I am recommending that we follow the instruction manual of life, which is the Holy Bible, and to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is not only the great and first commandment, it is also the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Every day we walk within the very hands of God because it is only by His grace that we continue to move forward in our lives just by breathing. All too often we keep on looking for more blessings in our finances, relationships, careers, etc…We need to stop looking around for His hands and start looking for His face. If you do not hear God speaking, you need to trust in His teaching and the teaching is simple: I am worth dying for so He is worth living for. Because of who He is, it makes me want to give Him more and more so I surrender all that I have and all that I am so that I may live for the glory of God alone! It is only in this matter where I may obtain further understanding to have and give a life worth living and be at peace. The worldly peace offers momentary ease, but constant peace as defined by a pastor at the Edge Church is: “wholly and securely resting on the person, power, and promises of God in everything.” In Colossians 3:15, we are instructed to “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”