Having an attitude of peace and calm in the midst of any chaos is priceless and often challenging but it can be done. Have you ever seen someone who just seems to be cool no matter the situation? I don’t know many people like that but there’s a guy that comes to mind. I absolutely love to be around this guy. He’s the calmest person I know. Through every ugly situation, he immediately sees the beauty in it. If there’s tension in the room he immediately breaks it. He cracks a joke or does everything in his power to make you smile. Whatever is thrown this guys way hes prepared to catch it and turn it into something better. I personally think this guy has found his power of peace.
How do we get this power of peace? Here’s a few things I think are needed;
Thermometer<Thermostat. A thermometer adjusts to the temperature of the room. It goes up and it goes down according to the reading. A thermostat is set to a temperature. At home we set the thermostat and it makes the room adjust to that temperature and not the other away around. Set your mind on peace no matter the circumstances.
Guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it. If we allow other peoples hurtful words enter in to our hearts than we become hurtful people as well. The same concept applies to everything we do. We have to be aware of what we are allowing to enter into our minds. Know your standards. Know your values! If it isn’t your values, stay away from it. Be aware of what you watch and what you listen to. A lot of times we don’t think what we are watching or listening to is harmful but watch or listen to it long enough and it becomes who we are.
Silence/Stillness/Prayer We have to have time to ourselves. I often go from one thing to the next never stopping to just be with myself. There is so many things that happen in the day that I don’t evaluate to determine what I would do differently tomorrow or what I did do well that day. Reflection of the day is important. I personally like to reflect on my day and pray to GOD to help me in areas that I need help in or to thank him for the things that took place in the day. Either way I like to be alone at some part of the day to reflect, pause, breath etc. After all a single day only holds 24 hours but many single days makes up our life.
Grateful Grateful Grateful 1 Thessalonians 5 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus We cannot get anywhere without this! How can you have peace in your heart if you are full of hate? We have to focus on the good things in our life. Focusing on the things we don’t have or don’t like about our life has a gravitational pull that’s constantly pulling us to focus on it. Everywhere we go we are surrounded by how good everybody else’s life (looks) on social media.
We tend to be in a mind state of.. “if I get that car my life will be great”….”If my kids would just act like this(insert perfect child characteristic)…then I’d be happy.”…..”if my husband treated me like this…then our marriage would be great”…..You get the point. I find myself doing this constantly and this is the quickest way to lose power of peace. There’s no peace in ungratefulness.
Love Matthew 5:44 Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! The idea of not having to love other people has put us farther away from having peace. We HAVE to love. No it’s not easy! There are some people in the world that makes it hard to be lovable. Don’t allow someone else ugliness and bitterness make you ugly and bitter too. As Martin Luther King Jr said, “Hate can not drive out hate. Only love can do that.” Continue to love no matter what.
We cannot have peace in just hoping we have peace. Peace is a choice. I have to set my mind EVERYDAY to have peace. I’ve allowed other people as well as the daily events of life to have the power of my peace for too long and it’s time I take it back. Not just today, but everyday I’m choosing to keep the peace within that only I possess the power of.
Anybody who wants to know more about the power of peace biblically, this is a great video.