The Third Carp Convention of World Students Closing Banquet

Hyo Jin Moon October 14, 1986 World Mission Center


How do you feel about going back to your homes and your countries? Do you want to stay longer? For the past few days, I've seen many, many beautiful things. When you say "beautiful thing',' the first people think about is a flower, something with a beautiful fragrance, something exotic. But I've felt beauty here in many different ways. I have found it in you. To some people's eyes a majestic mountain is beautiful, and to some people's eyes a cloud floating on a blue sky is beautiful. We all share different kinds of beauty within us. As children of God, we have to be able to taste all that beauty and be nourished by the beautiful things we see. Then we have to transform that into our own image of true beauty that God sees in each one of us.


I saw so many students get excited by the musicians at the CARP convention, especially by the Third World group. Everybody in that auditorium was standing up and cheering and dancing! I could see people dancing in the aisles! Before that, there were many speeches by many distinguished guests, and everyone was very serious, but when the music began, everybody got up! All the Doubting Thomases, who were just sitting and looking around, got up and started dancing and cheering! Even those people who knew nothing about our CARP Principle and had come here out of curiosity listened to the music and deep inside experienced it as joy.


Everyone has had some kind of experience of joy. It may be fallen ways of joy, but everyone has felt something. When people enjoy the taste of something they think they're feeling joy. American people like hamburgers and steak. When they go to McDonald's and eat a Big Mac or a Quarter Pounder they feel happy inside. Their stomach is saying, "I am happy, give me some more." And when people see beautiful things, they also feel joy. People find their moments of joyfulness in their own ways. For athletes it's the same. When they do their exercises, when they do their sports, they feel exhilarated, they feel happy, they feel contented. They find something worthwhile in their abilities.


The Greater Joy That's what we have to find. Here in this CARP movement, we are generating that kind of joy and making it a God -- centered joy. Before you joined CARP, your joy was individual joy. Some of it didn't relate to God, even though you felt joy with your five senses. You could relate only to what you could feel. But what is important in our mission is to reflect the kind of joy that is within God's domain.


You need to do that when you go back to your nations and back to your campuses. Reflect the joy within God's domain; that is the greater joy. It can be in dancing, in singing, when you do sports, even when you eat. You can bring in new members and cook for them. You should cook with your own hands. A sushi party's okay, if you're an expert at making sushi! I want you to do that. Make them taste your sushi! That would be something very special compared to sushi you buy at a restaurant. That's the kind of thing we all must do. That is important. Then we can feel true joy.


Also, you have to be courageous. You have to be confident. Even when you're tired, you have to try to make the goal. During the soccer tournament, many African members looked pretty tired because they had played so many games. Their physical bodies were exhausted, but they were trying up to the last moment. They still had the confidence that says, "Okay, I can do it, I can still make that goal." This is important.


It's always great if we can bring results right away, but sometimes it takes time. We cannot forget about the confidence that we have within us. It's like a seed. The potential for life is inside that seed. God has planted a blueprint for growth inside that seed. But it has to sprout, it has to work through the ground. Think about the little seed trying to break through that packed ground. How much suffering, just to break through that hard shell! That is suffering itself. But to try to break through ground that has been packed down is very, very difficult. After all that, it still has to grow! It has to survive the competition that is all around, because many weeds try to suck away all its nutrition. But after it has blossomed, it can give life to others. A seed that has blossomed into a flower can give life to the eyes of a beholder. When you see a beautiful flower, you see a beautiful life that has blossomed from a little seed.


So in everything we do, we have to develop our individual confidence, then progress through the family and national levels and ultimately understand the love of God. Our confidence must help us reach that goal. We cannot be satisfied with the confidence we have in expressing only our physical abilities. We must go beyond that and reach the love of God. That's when we can truly say, "I'm within God. I have received the love of God, and I'm confident that I can accomplish anything and overcome everything in my life.


Going Beyond Our Limits


I saw many of you doing martial arts. That is good, but you have to build your strength beyond your physical capabilities. Your physical abilities are like a launching pad, but your destiny is way beyond that launching pad. When you do your martial arts or any other activities, you're getting the fuel ready, but you cannot just lie on that launching pad. You have to be fired up into space to your destiny. Many, many members I see have that potential.


When I was doing martial arts and playing the guitar, I thought I was the best in the world. I only cared about exercising every day and going to martial arts class. But since then, I have seen something greater in myself than just that potential, that level of confidence. Those activities were part of my learning process. That was my launching pad; I could not stay where I was. I had to go beyond that. Father expects more and God expects more, and I know I have the ability to give and share more. I need to receive more and more of the love of God that He is trying to give me. All of you have that potential; that's why we can all be leaders. But we have to know the path in order to lead. We have to really feel it.


I'm learning with you, but you too must try desperately -- with your whole heart and total commitment -- to go beyond. With that, you can expand and grow. Then others will feel your heart. So I want to encourage you, you older members especially, to inspire each other and challenge yourselves. Expand into the music field, into the academic field -- into every field that you can feel and touch. All the world is eagerly waiting to meet people like you so they can understand and relate more deeply to life. I want that to happen. I want to grow in that way, and I also want you to grow and touch the hearts of the young people of this world.


And also, you have to be humble. Many people -- "realistic kids" who think in "realistic" ways -- say, "Hey! You can't be humble in this kind of society; you have to be alert. You have to be arrogant sometimes and act like you know everything. Don't blink -- just stand there and let them know you're confident. Then you will get away with many things in life. They may be right, living in this world. But that's not where we're at; that's not what we're aiming for. That's why we have to be humble. When we're humble, we have the potential to grow more. When you're arrogant, you stop growing. You draw a line within yourself, saying, "I don't want to grow any more. I know everything"


Satan is limited. His world is limited. In Harvard and the other Ivy League schools, where pride is based on knowledge, students achieve only a very limited level of excellence. They cannot excel beyond that, they cannot see beyond it. They cannot reach God, because they are focused exclusively on attaining knowledge from the satanic world. They are proud of their knowledge and riding high on that knowledge, but it leads to a dead end; it's not eternal. In order to expand eternally, you must embrace God. Without God, there are always limits or horizons beyond which we cannot pass.


The Need for a Standard


But now even some of the professors are changing; people are coming back and realizing that there must be, there has to be, some kind of absolute standard somewhere that can be a foundation for value. Without it, people realize they're drifting; any kind of little wind or storm will just tip them over. We must have some kind of standard. You cannot do your normal daily routine without a functioning mind. Even with your so-called freedom you must have a structured mind, a center. Without that, you will just wander into space. You will be like a vegetable. Vegetable freedom.


It will ultimately lead people to vegetableness! That is why we have to have a center. Some of the professors are realizing there has to be an absolute center, because without it people don't think about their country.


In America, pride and patriotism have been lost, but now they say America is coming back to patriotism. We were sleeping, but we're waking up little by little. We're finally realizing the importance of basic fundamental ethics. Patriotism is coming back, our understanding of moral values is coming back, and ultimately people will be ready to receive the understanding of the existence of God. They're realizing, they're opening their eyes, and we have so much to give them. They're slowly waking up, but we have to shake them, wake them up a little faster: "You must get up!"


That's why we're here, that's what CARP is for. We have to wake up and start fresh. Who is better prepared for this than you -- the younger generation? You have that kind of vitality. With your strength and exhilaration and enthusiasm, you can wake up America. That is the greatest thing you can do for yourself and for God. It's much greater than earning a million dollars. How far do you think a million dollars will go? But how valuable do you think it will be when you wake up the young people, when you wake up your generation? Your deeds will live on forever. Your heart, your love, will live on forever. You can have an eternal spirit to treasure in yourself. If you really treasure it, what more can you give to yourself than that? What more is there to offer within this world? What will outshine that greatness?


Totally Devote Yourselves


Your physical body doesn't last long; I know that. Our eternal spirit is what we have. That's the greatest gift from God, and that's the greatest gift you can give to your descendants and reflect into the world. Ultimately, the love you give will come back to you. You will be the inheritor. That is why we must really commit ourselves. When we truly realize this vision, there's nothing that can stop us.


I really want you to take this time to make a strong pledge: "I will commit myself 100 percent. I will march forward with confidence, and I'll be strong. I'll show the joy of God to the people who need it, who are waiting, just waiting for it have seen so many people wandering, waiting to feel something new, something joyful." We have to show them something different that will last forever. All the fashions and trends will pass on. The only true thing is God's love. I know there are many, many committed young people out there, and I'm sure you know that too. That's why you have to totally devote yourself.


You must take time to pray. Prayer gives you more room to expand your physical horizons because your mind is eternal, unlimited, boundless. Through prayer you are giving and investing time while your physical body catches up. That's why you need to pray. Investing that kind of time will help a lot, I'm sure, and through that you can grow much more.


Try to understand Father's heart and try to understand each other. You must love each other, because all the people you work with are so precious. They're your brothers and sisters. Like you, they have been born again through Principle; they're alive again. In a way, you share the same blood in God's eyes. And you know, blood is thicker than water. You have that kind of relationship among yourselves and transcend race. You have to focus on that kind of heart. I have confidence in you, and I know God is waiting for you to just wake up and go, to wake up the people around you. He's eager to bless you with so many inspiring messages and inspiring visions.


I want to share this with you, and I want you to inspire me also with your heart and your visions. That's why I'm here too. I want to grow with you. I want to see inspiring things coming from you, and I want you to give them to me, so I can give more to other people. Give and take. So you must really work hard. Then I'll be stuffed with your inspiration! I have so many people to inspire me. I'm just myself, but you are so many. Maybe that is why Father told me, "You are the happiest person in the world" He was right. I'm realizing this more and more as I spend time with you, as I grow with you. I want you to grow up with me and share your heart and give your inspiration to the people around you. That is our mission, and that is the greatest thing we can do for this world and for God.


Thank you very much.