Sushan wrote: ↑June 21st, 2022, 10:18 pm
EricPH wrote: ↑June 10th, 2022, 8:18 pm
Sushan wrote: ↑June 8th, 2022, 9:59 pm
People use different ways and means to gain courage, and religion and religious faith is one way among them.
I would not describe what we do as courageous, we put our trust in God and go in our weakness.
You have done a marvellous job to reduce gang and gun violence. But don't you feel like it was you (and your team) did that thing for the humanity rather than some untouchable, faraway living super power?
I know I would not have been able to do this before I found a faith and trust in God in my late forties. We work as if everything depends on our efforts, and we pray as if everything depends on God. We constantly have to give thanks for all the good things that keep happening. Faith in God is profound and beyond my understanding, we genuinely go out in our weakness, our strength comes from God.
I simply cannot digest this concept. With all due respect,
I also find this concept hard to digest, the default position should be worry and fear. I know I should not have any feelings of peace in these violent situations. The total peace I experience is profound and beyond my understanding.
I think you have always been strong, and there should be a strong will and a courageous mind to put yourself in dangerous situations, especially when it is for the betterment of the society.
At the age of 73, my physical strength has been going downhill for some years. I understand my weakness more than I understand any strength. I am not sure how you confront violent and unpredictable behaviour by depending on any mental strength. St Paul describes this strength, he said when I am weak, then I am strong. Meaning we do not depend on our own efforts, we let go of worries and fears and depend on God. I know this does not make me bullet proof, I could get hurt or killed. God willing, I still hope to be doing this until I am at least eighty. We give thanks to God for all the good things that happen.
When I think back over the last fourteen years of going out with the Street Pastors, it would have been so easy to have stayed at home and done nothing. Worry or fear could have prevented me doing anything, very few things in life are risk free.