Seek peace, and pursue it

This time of year, many of us have peace, love, and joy on our minds, especially after the challenges of our 2020 holiday season. However, we may not experience as much peace, love, and joy as we’d like just because the busyness of the season includes so much running around, and preparation for the holidays.

But one thing I have learned over this time and trial of the pandemic, is the power of peace. I used to believe that peace was something I would earn after I accomplished everything on my to-do list. But then that meant my state of peace was at the mercy of the events and conditions of my life that I still had to deal with. And how often do any of us get our entire life managed enough to experience peace?

If you’ve ever found yourself saying, “I just need a moment’s peace,” or “what do I have to do to get a little peace and quiet around here,” you may have fallen into the same trap I did. 

Peter, an apostle of Jesus, quoted Psalms 34:14, stating that we must seek peace, and pursue it. 

We are not supposed to wait for peace. We are supposed to choose it. And then practice it.

This may seem hard, especially when you consider that there seems to be so much to worry about right now. But consider this; when was the last time worry and anxiety inspired you with a solution to what was causing your worry and anxiety?

Psalms 46:10 reminds us to be still, so we may know God within us, and in our lives. It’s this stillness, in the midst of the storm of life, that allows us to find peace that is always available to us. We just have to seek it, and pursue it by taking some time for ourselves to pray, praise, or give thanks. And remember that something beyond our comprehension put us on this planet to do good, in our lives, and in the lives of others. And that “something,” whether you call it God, the Universe, Light, or Love, has got your back.