When, we pause to consider the fast paced life that we live. When, we look at the many pressures and frustrations we experience on a daily basis. And when, we reflect upon the uncertainties and disappointments we go through from time to time. Many of us, both Christians and non-Christians alike, are struggling to find a sense of peace. So today, I want to share with you three ways to have Peace on Purpose.
Peace of mind must be intentional. If you are going to live a life of peace, it will not happen by accident. You have to predetermine your actions and attitude. I like what Jesus said in the gospel of St. John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Real peace is not the absence of trouble, but rather having Jesus leading and guiding you in the midst of trouble. Real peace begins with knowing that nothing will happen to you this day, that you and Jesus cannot handle together. Peace on purpose begins with an intentional, authentic relationship with Jesus.
You have to protect your peace. Always remember, your body was NOT designed to live life worried, full of anxiety, and stressed out. This type of lifestyle can lead to all kinds of health issues. A life of stress can lead to insomnia, poor digestion, ulcers, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, just to name a few. Protecting your peace begins with letting some stuff go! The Bible says it best in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” My friend, you have to learn how to release the pressure. You have to learn how to pause and pray. You need a daily regimen of talking to God though prayer and allowing Him to talk back to you through the Bible. Protecting your peace begins with learning how to release the stress in constructive ways.
Don’t waste today worrying about tomorrow. I once heard it said, “Planning for tomorrow is time well spent, but worrying about tomorrow is time wasted.” Have you ever stopped to consider how much time we have wasted, over the years, worrying about things that never happened? Playing the “what-if” game has robbed many of us of our peace of mind. Did you know that statistics suggest that 85 percent of the things we worry about never materialize? This is why Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” No, none of us have a crystal ball. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring our way. But we can be assured that He who holds tomorrow is holding our hand. We have to entrust our future to an all-powerful, loving God.
Friends, it can be difficult to find a sense of peace in this stressful society in which we live. However, we can find peace on purpose. If we are willing to be intentional, protect our peace, and not waste time worrying about tomorrow. I want to leave you today with the words of Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you.”
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.