From Restless to Peaceful (4 of 9) by Ed Rowell

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From Restless to Peaceful (4 of 9)
Ed Rowell
Galatians 5:22
October 3, 2004

Several years ago, we were living in suburban Chicago, and feeling the pressures of too much noise, crowds and hurry. I often thought about the little town in New Mexico where I had grown up--a place where I remembered a slow pace, little pressure, and never any crowds or traffic!.

So I called my Mom. I said, "How's it going"? She said, "Boy, I've been so busy. I got so stressed out last week, I just had to get out of here. I went to Albuquerque, spent the night in a hotel, then spent the day at the mall. It sure felt good to get away from all the pressure here."

Tens of thousands of people come to Colorado every year to vacation and get away from the pressures of life. And dozens of people move to our area every month, many hoping to find on a day to day basis the bliss they experienced on vacation. But it won't take long before most of them realize that the stress and strain they wanted to leave behind has a way of finding their forwarding address!

Sure, it's nice to get away once in a while and get some rest. But we can't spend the rest of our lives on vacation. What we need is a peacefulness that will be with us in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Galatians 5:22-23a "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."

In each of these messages, we are examining a transformation, from something to something else. Today's extreme makeover focuses on that transformation from restless to peaceful.

Do you know what I mean by restless--to be without rest for your spirit? Stressed? Anxious? Fearful? Insecure? Restless may be the word that best describes the world that we live in today. We are the most voracious consumers in human history. Many of us are incapable of feeling satisfied--by anything. Relationships, experiences, possessions, few of them give us more tha ...

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