The Words of the Shin Family

Like a Lump of Clay Placed in Front of a Potter

In Sun Shin
January 21, 2014
TOP GUN Special Workshop Reflections
Director of Witnessing and Education, FFWPU Korea

Beloved True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind, I offer my deepest gratitude before your endless grace and love. Just as a tree planted on the banks of a stream holds onto its year-round blueness, chases the days and bears fruit, the 21-Day Top Gun Vision 2020 Chung Pyung Workshop that the True Parents prepared for us, was an overflowing blessing of the spring of life for our spiritually hasty selves.

True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind, who have devoted their entire lives for nothing but the Will of Heavenly Parent, have lived their lives of bitter sorrow without even a moment's rest. They have walked the rugged, winding road of the history of the providence of restoration and opened a new heaven and new earth. How can we praise and glorify True Parent's boundless grace and love?

As the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind pay the price through their sacrifice of blood, sweat and tears, they have worked to bring a bright, new Cheon Il Guk morning. To that end, we have received Heaven's blessing and recognize that we must be capable of carrying out the providence: the historic responsibility of the mission is what remains. I would like to proclaim that through this workshop, we were able to experience the great love of True Parents. Through Divine Principle lectures, reading through the 'Cheon Seong Gyeong' once and "True Parent's Life Course," we realized the limitless grace and love that opened a new age and allowed the 2nd generation to start anew.

I came to realize that when Heavenly Father created this world, He created with His Word, and as He begins a new providence, He will again recreate us with His Word.

Lectures on the Principle and "True Parents' Life Course' and Hoon Dok Hae readings of the 'Cheon Seong Gyeong' were part of a valuable and precious time that shed new light on our original selves.

Seeing light shed on us through the Word helped me gain insight into our immensely inadequate selves which are stuck in a habitual routine. I realized that we must purify these fallen natures and renew our lives as we advance forward with our new calling.

The great Will of Heavenly Parents and the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind to create us into leaders of a new era was again carved into my heart. It was a time of offering up a prayer so that, just like a lump of clay placed in front of a potter, we could be made in the image that heaven wanted us to be an image that will deny oneself and obey heaven's will.

Through the sermons and Chung Pyung Works that instructed us to meet the new age with divine spirit and truth, we experienced the precious meaning and value of taking time for deep prayer and meditation. For this we are extremely grateful.

It was a precious time during which I peered into the mirror of my heart and discovered, for the first time, the image of my heart packed full of things from the past. We intended to shed the fallen nature that we were riddled with and find the original nature of creation by removing the dirt of our hearts and examining ourselves closely through the Chung Pyung Works, Jeong Shim Won prayers, and Holy Ground prayers.

I would like to profess that this 21-Day Top Gun Workshop was a precious turning point that helped us find our true selves and was an unforgettable experience that will remain in the hearts of all of us who must walk this path.

With the intention of opening a new providential era, True Parents created numerous Blessed Families in the middle of the wilderness-like history of the providence of restoration with the hope to elevate 2nd generation born of that fruit into the leading role of a new era. During this time, I experienced the grace and love of this blessing.

I experienced heaven's great blessing when all of the providential Unificationist leaders were gathered at Cheon Jeong Gung Palace on October 10th and Kyeong Seuk Lu was appointed as the central figure of the new providence.

Although we 2nd generation members are still lacking in many ways, we hope that the Will of True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind will be eternally bequeathed to this earth. I came to feel the desire of True Parents for us to prepare for a future that will connect us to the True Children.

I also came to understand the intention of True Parents to gather 40 of us and through sermons about Joshua and Caleb give us a precious, enlightening experience.

It is evident that the words spoken to the 40 Top Guns, "You are all one," carried with them the instruction to become one and offer one's life for the sake of the providence.

High praise of Caleb's faith shows us that we should not have a mindset that is attached to status or position. Instead, we should consider ourselves as being in the most difficult and strenuous situation and make effort without any hesitation. The significance and importance of becoming individuals who can make a contribution and offer it to the whole and all of us becoming one in heart and closing ranks centered on one will as Top Guns was engraved deep in my heart.

The path of "Vision 2020" and the nation's independence are waiting on the road that we must now take. The path that the 1st generation elders prepared as they attended the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind must unite in heart with not only the 2nd and 3rd generations, but also the 4th generation. This responsibility lies with us, the Top Guns. I deeply realized that this is a time when resolution and determination to dedicate the substantial realization of Cheon Il Guk to True Parents is absolutely needed.

Heavenly Parent, who, after destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, directed Lot to not look back and keep moving forward is also telling today's Top Guns to set out toward "Vision 2020" without looking back. We pledge to advance ceaselessly with the resolve to die so that we will never commit the foolishness of Lot's wife, who clung unto the vested rights and the regret that she left behind, turned around and became a pillar of salt.

Instead of thinking about what to eat and wear at the end of the workshop, Heavenly Parent's righteousness and the significance of saving the nation were carved onto my heart.

More than anyone else, the youth must rise up for the sake of "Vision 2020." I will work hard to educate the CARP and 2nd generation so that they can become owners of the providence and make utmost effort so that we can become a church with witnessing waves that rise like fire among the Cain-type world's youth.

I will thoroughly educate and nurture the 2nd and 3rd generation born of True Parent's lineage in accordance with Heaven's will and send them out into the world.

We are aware that light and darkness cannot coexist. No matter how pitch dark it may be, if light appears, the darkness has no choice but to draw back. In the same way, the history of the past providence of restoration that was covered in darkness has reached the bright light of a new heaven and new earth. This world with a new heaven and new earth is a world that was found through the blood, sweat and tears of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind; it is a world of eternal peace and happiness, an era of acquired creation that all prophets have dreamed of and the era of Cheon Il Guk centered on Foundation Day.

The True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind fought countless battles with Satan and victoriously established Cheon Il Guk, which humankind has received as priceless grace from heaven -- a spiritual gift.

I realize that the path of returning this great grace is solely by fulfilling the responsibility and mission as a new tribal messiah and I resolve to invest myself to the utmost with life or death determination and live up to these principles as I advance forward.

As I give my thanks to heaven for its great love, I earnestly offer a prayer for the longevity of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind. 

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