“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)
Is it possible to live in peace? I believe so. Whether I choose to walk in it or give it away to others does not depend on my circumstances. It does not depend on the state of the economy or the volume of my childrens’ voices. What it does require is a choice, an act of my will.
I must choose, on a daily basis, to take the hand of the Good Shepherd and allow Him to lead me beside the still waters, to make me to lie down in green pastures. (Psalm 23). It is only there that my mind and my heart are realigned with His will, His purposes. I cannot walk in peace, unless His peace is reigning on the inside.
When chaos looms around me, I can choose to breathe in deeply and whisper, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come, Prince of Peace. Peace be still.” This peace I carry is not always evident. I can tend to voice my frustration on a whim. I yell at my kids in a moment of unrest, when I forget to breathe and instead exhale my disapproval, my disappointment.
So I ask Him to come, to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7) I must remember to put on peace like a blanket, this peace that covers my insufficiency, my shortcomings, my frustrations. To remain in a place of peace and rest, I must remain in the One who gives me peace.
It’s about stopping.
It’s about being still.
It’s about waiting.
It’s about surrender.
Yes, it is possible to live in peace. But I must choose it. The outcome depends on me.
I am linked up today with my new friend Jane at Girl Meets Paper. Will you join me?