Tom and I have talked about peace a lot these last two weeks. While many in our country have felt unrest due to the election outcome, we were ready for either result. Our need for peace has come for an entirely different reason.
This is the time of year when our income drastically falls off – as in only one show in the next eight weeks. Not as many dollars will be coming in and while we try to prepare weeks in advance, it can still leave us feeling nervous.
As we were going over our schedule and finances, we realized this is an opportunity to grab hold of peace in a new way. (The election results may be your opportunity.) We know we need to find the kind of peace that doesn’t depend on outside circumstances but relies on an inner state of being.
I shared a few spiritual promises last week, and I’d like to unpack one of them a little more. I’ll also share links below that take a non-spiritual approach to peace of mind. Warning: meditation is one of the most effective ways – even in the scientific world.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – Jesus
What is this serenity that Jesus could leave and give? How do we access it?
It’s interesting to note this statement was given during one of the last conversations Jesus had with his close followers. When someone knows they are going to die, they often tell loved ones the thoughts they deem most important. Jesus thought it was important his disciples realized tranquility was a state of being they could live in.
They would need it in the days and years to come.
Peace trumps all circumstances, governments, trials, and tribulations.
It can be a constant in times of plenty and want. Jesus embodied it even as He had no home, endured great persecution, and traveled constantly for three years. Nothing was steady in His life except His relationship with his Father and the ability to live in a state of love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, patience, gentleness, and self-control.
Peace is accessible every moment because He walked in perfect peace. He was the Prince of Peace.
How do we access it?
It’s one thing to know we’re able to walk in peace beyond our circumstances, but how do we actually live in it?
I’ve wrestled with this as I still struggle to allow it permanent hold, but I have found one thing that works.
I stop what I’m doing, close my eyes, take a deep breath, and say I receive Your peace. Then I literally try to see my situation through His eyes. I stay present (like you would in meditation), but I ask for His view of my circumstance. I don’t move until I see it.
He sees every situation with hope, encouragement, provision, and peace! He’s never afraid, and He knows resources are always available.
When I purpose to be mindful with Him, I take on His mindset. A sense of peace finally rules my heart.
It’s amazing how it works, but my biggest challenge is staying there. My goal for these next two months is to become peace. How about you? How do you access it?
Here are other links you may find interesting:
I’d love to hear your thoughts on gaining peace. Comment below or on Facebook.
Have a great week full of peace!