Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
I remember the days, and they weren’t too long ago when I struggled for the truth. I searched everywhere trying to figure out my purpose for being on this earth. I tried several things along that journey, hoping I would find the answer.
Pre-Marital Sex = Confusion, Stress, and Drama
I thought the way to show I was a man was to conquer every female that smiled at me. I felt having sex with this woman and that woman was the way to prove my manhood. Boy did I ever make a mess. With this falsehood came confusion, stress, and drama. I’ve asked the Lord to forgive me for the pain I caused when I told lie after lie to get a reputation of being a man.
Drugs and Alcohol
I started out smoking marijuana because I thought it made me smarter, more creative, wiser with a bunch of false courage. I stopped smoking after I found out I was about to be hired as a police officer. Then I turned to drinking liquor. I did all this because I was still searching for something I knew was missing in my life, I just didn’t know what it was. All I gained was hangovers, a DUI that almost killed me and cost me my job, and empty feelings when I sobered up and discovered I was still looking for the missing piece to the puzzle.
Money & Possessions
I worked myself to the point of exhaustion trying to have the best of everything. I lied on my tax returns, experienced stress related illnesses, lost valuable time with my two sons and wound up in a bankrupted mess. But yet, I still couldn’t find that one piece to my life, the puzzle.
The “Peace” To The Puzzle
After all that trying to do it my way, and making a mess of an already messy situation, Jesus appeared suddenly to me. He offered me a better way that would last for an eternity. He offered me peace from the consequences that came from doing it my way. On that day, I had to make a decision. In my wretchedness, through all the dark clouds and dirt in my life, I could see Jesus. I had to make a decision to either follow Him or reject Him. At that moment, I felt as though that was my last chance.
Since I said yes to His will and His way, He has taught me a lot. I was so weighted down with the cares of this world. But Jesus came and shared that load with me. It hasn’t been all easy, but whatever it is that concerns me, Jesus makes it alright! I thank God that I have found the “peace” to my puzzle.
If you are seeking peace, know this passage and believe this passage:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”. – John 14:6