When peace eludes you

If we took a survey of 10,000 people in the US across all locations and all economic classes and ask them what are the top 3 things you want in life, I believe the word “peace” would be on that list.

If you think you would have peace if you had money, fame and power, all you have to do is read the newspaper about Hollywood stars and pro athletes to know that peace doesn’t come because of money.

I believe peace is a choice. Philippians chapter 4: 4-7 say the following.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In the King James Version, the last part of that verse reads that he will “keep” your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus. The word “keep” means he will hold fast to your heart and mind and keep your mind in control. See, peace eludes us when we let our minds and thoughts ramble and begin to imagine all manner of things; we worry about our lives, families, health, jobs, money, etc.

For me to get peace in my life, I have to lay the issues at God’s feet and trust him to take care of me. Worry has never changed one thing except the amount of sleep you get. In my opinion, trust, faith, and knowing can only come from me choosing to speak to God and lay out my petitions; I thank him in advance for handling it.

The book of Proverbs says that peace is a gift like gold and silver to be cherished and never taken for granted. So, today as you head into the holiday season, choose peace because joy always comes when peace is present. KT

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