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January 2018

Finding Peace in the midst of a Storm
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By LCDR Glen Kitzman, Chaplain, USN

If we could only see the future…

In October of 1992, a fishing boat named the Andrea Gail sailed from a New England port to find swordfish. On their return, the crew faced a hurricane named, Grace. Ten story waves and high winds of 120 mph tossed them freely. Meteorologists later called Hurricane Grace, “The perfect storm.” Their decision to travel through the hurricane cost them their lives.

Unfortunately, you and I have no such ability to see the future…and that is a blessing. We do, however, have the ability to value today and to learn from our past.

How do we find Peace when the things around us seem chaotic? First, live in such a way as to place greater value on your time…the commodity that everyone seems to want more of. Speaking with a man who was about to die, he looked at me and expressed his longing for more time; a greater value than tangible wealth.

Second, we must stop and tell the people we love how we feel about them and that they are important to us. Expressing love is a learned skill, one that becomes easier the more we share. Placing more value on the relationships in our lives will prove much more meaningful than any other effort.

Finally, choose to live intentionally by investing in the lives of others. Zig Ziglar once said, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” If you want to achieve your goals, help others become successful.

I pray that you will find peace today…

Chaplain Glen Kitzman