Week 17- Shalom, God’s Intent~

In the Beginning…

Life is very interesting.  It had a starting point, carved out of eternity past by our magnificent Creator; Creator of all things living and the universe in which we all live. Within this world, each of us were birthed into life, in a unique homeland and a unique epoch of time.  Here we are, some on the MKMMA journey together…..some 250 or more people, from around this world.  Others, reading our journals, interested in what it is we are learning, and how it is transforming our life’s journey from here, forward.  Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it happens one day at a time, when something unique or different occurs in our life.  If nothing changes, nothing changes.

So, what was the plan from the beginning for our lives?  That, is a philosophical question, which each soul yearns to know the answer. I was quite taken by surprise, when my oldest child at around age 4 started asking me profound philosophical questions. When my second child, then third child, all the way down to the sixth child asked me the same questions when they too, were 4 or 5 years old, I knew that these ‘soul’ yearnings were planted by the Great One, who desires us to know the purpose of our lives. This MKMMA journey is great, because it challenges us to discover our life purpose…the things that we were given a life to accomplish for mankind, before we leave.

This week, I began a small group study at my church, called ‘Rooted’ which actually started in Nairobi, by Pastor Wanjau.  In doing my lesson for this week, I read about God’s plan from the beginning…….which was very beautiful and glorious.  “Everything about God’s creation was ‘good.’  There was no conflict, no destruction, no disease or pollution.  The Hebrew word ‘shalom’ which is usually translated as ‘peace’ captures God’s intent for creation.  Shalom means ‘wholeness, unity, integration, and harmony’ which is the way God intended it to be.”  Something definitely went awry, from the intent God had for each of us, and we are on a journey of a lifetime to discover the purpose to life…our lives.  So, here we are, holding 3 x 5 cards, reading  ‘I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy’ which reminds me of the ‘shalom’ God intended for our lives.

What do I Believe?

In our lives, there have been many voices that have told us all, many different things.  Messages that were hurtful; some that were painful and devastating; some that were positive and encouraging. The messages that we repeated over and over in our mind, long after the messenger was gone, have made their mark upon us.  Unfortunately, it’s easier for us to orient to the negative much more easily.  But the fact that we can ruminate and think, makes us unique. It is very true! We are unique and are God’s greatest miracle.  We are His ‘crowning achievement’….His masterpiece! Those are His words, and His words are always true.  We have a choice, yet it seems more comfortable to muse over the unlovely words spoken against us and allow it to influence our emotions and our lives. But, there is hope since we can think, if we think upon things that are true and life-changing! God has told us that we are to meditate on.  ‘Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace (shalom) shall be with you.’ Philipians 4:8,9.

‘Shalom’ be the journey!

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8 thoughts on “Week 17- Shalom, God’s Intent~

  1. Shalom. It is such a rich word and has become part of my DMP. I decided to do a quick study of Shalom at the beginning of the MKE and ended up with over a page of notes! Fantastic post. Shalom!

  2. I love the statement Shalom means “wholeness, unity, integration, and harmony’ which is the way God intended it to be.” as a former student of Kabbalistic Judaism Master I find the true meaning of words much mor profound than the assumed meanings of today… Namaste’ to you and god Bless.

    • Daniel, I too was very inspired by the true meaning of shalom. As I’ve heard before, ‘he who defines, wins’ and Noah Webster recognized the potential danger in accepting slang words, as a slippery slope away from meaningful communication between people. Blessings, to you as well~

  3. Charlene, thank you for pointing out that this “MKMMA journey is great, because it challenges us to discover our life purpose…the things that we were given a life to accomplish for mankind, before we leave.” Once we are hand-in-hand with our life purpose, peace that once was elusive, is ours to claim. Shalom.

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