Dear Beachside Family and Friends,
Billions of dollars are spent each year by those seeking to be entertained. The desire to disengage from life's challenges and escape to a different reality sends seekers in droves to movie theaters, concert halls, sporting events, and theme parks. Looking for experiences that stir the emotions and send adrenaline coursing through their veins, people pay whatever it costs to discover and enjoy the next "thrill".
For some, the only way to find relief from fear and torment is to immerse themselves in a movie or concert. Still others chase the blues away at a football or basketball game. Many hunt solace at the beach or in a spa, and others try to clear their minds by facing their fears on rollercoasters and other mind-bending rides. What ever the proffered solution, the question is always the same: Where can I find peace?
I recently spent some time with about 20,000 other folks at a major theme park. Most of those I encountered were caught up in the frenetic pace and were barely enjoying themselves. The "happiest place on earth' had no peace to give, only endless lines of uncomfortable and somewhat disgruntled grandparents, parents, and children. The surroundings were beautiful and serene, but devoid of the ability to deliver peace. No entertainment venue can deliver peace and freedom. This world cannot offer it. It can be found only in a relationship with God.
Jesus said “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27) What the world cannot give, Jesus provides in abundance as a free GIFT. Trusting Him with our lives enables us to experience the gift of a life filled with peace, joy, and rest. As Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.(Matthew 11:28)
Peace can only be found in a relationship with Jesus. No form of entertainment can do what He does, giving every believer peace and rest. When we come to Him and fully surrender our lives to His will, the result is PEACE AND REST! WIll you find rest for your soul? Give your life to Jesus today!