Peace On Purpose

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What is peace? The dictionary defines peace as; freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquility; serenity. Well than…..I dare say that my mind is not always at peace. In fact, I can definitely say that often the opposite is true.

Annoyed-more times than I can count. Distracted-most of the time.  Anxious-you do know that’s worry’s sister, right? For the most part, every time I strive for peace, something happens to cause the opposite affect on my mind and heart. I know it’s not what I’m suppose to do or be, but still, the struggle is real.

This morning, I didn’t want to write from the place my heart had gone. There was no peace, only the above 3 friends seemed to knock at the door. They were not welcomed or invited, yet they shoved the door open and made themselves at home. It was than that I realized I needed to extract those unwelcomed guests, take back my home and the intended peace that God wanted me to have.

It seems to be all about choices, doesn’t it. Each time those peace thieves come, I must be the one to lock the door, fortify it so that they simply can’t enter in.  Paul knew what he was talking about when he wrote to the Philippians,

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians 4:6-9 Msg

Did you see that? Don’t let it wander to take on problems and stress that you weren’t designed to carry. If offense is handed to you, refuse to receive it. If someone tries to push their problems on you, refuse to carry them. With all diligence, be purposeful in retaining your peace. You only have one mind and you can’t afford to lose it!

Father, so many times I’ve allowed my peace to be disturbed because of external pressures, distractions and frustrations. It all boils down to trust, doesn’t it? I say I do, but do I really trust You? I remember when I was young, having to write something on the chalk board 100 times so I would remember. It was probably, “I will not talk in class.” Didn’t learn that too well, did I. Keep my heart tender and teachable, Lord. May I constantly remind myself that You have this and stop trying to take it back. It’s in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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