Heart and Mind - October
Heart and Mind - Dr. Lou Yock
I begin my fourth month as pastor at People’s Church on October 1. It is hard to believe the summer has gone, and now we begin our fall celebrations. At the People’s Church we are fortunate to have a good spirit among us, and the sanctuary has become an oasis of calm in a troubled world.
With all that is happening over the elections, the reports and reactions to terrorism and shootings, and with the sights and sounds of wars, riots, and negative political ads constantly fed to us, we can start to feel emotionally drained. It might even prompt us to have a sense of hopelessness or helplessness.
A refrain we hear recited frequently during our Sunday services is from Lao Tzu, and it is always a good thing to keep in mind when we are feeling overwhelmed by events that are largely outside of our immediate control.
If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart." - Lao Tzu
Let us remember to cultivate a peaceful heart, and let that become our starting point to face the troubles that seem to be gripping the nation and the world.
Remember to turn off the media and step away from that which keeps us mentally roused in unhealthy ways. Take a break and gaze out over Lake Michigan. Take a walk in the woods and remember the eternal cycles of nature. Remember to meditate or pray. Keep up with the exercise and eat healthy. Make a point to remember all that is going right in our lives.
In a story for the ages several weeks ago, we were told of King Solomon finding the secret to happiness. The secret was a ring with the initials of a saying to remind him of the eternal truth: This Too Shall Pass.