Put Everything Aside Christ Enters – P.E.A.C.E. Word of God Speak Linkup
This is the last week in Advent – Advent 4 – Peace. I put everything aside. I am lighting the 4th advent candle.
My acronym for peace is:
P – Put
E – Everything
A – Aside
C – Christ
E – Enters
Finding peace means to do an action – put all worries, stresses, extra thoughts that entangled us – put all those ASIDE. When you do that Christ will enter. He can focus you on what needs to be done – even if that means doing nothing.
One meaning of “Peace” is the dictionary is defined as:
I thought it interesting that part of the definition was freedom of the mind.
We know Jesus gives us freedom but did you ever think of that in terms of your mind. Your mind rules much of your body. It can tell it to flee or to stay; it can make it feel joyful or sad; it can think of different ways to do things; it can learn.
Allowing Jesus in brings a freedom from all that can encumber our minds. (tweet this)
Therefore I know I need to put everything aside and then I can have that freedom of my mind.
The Berean Study Bible says for verse Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.
I noticed the word “obsession”.
What obsessions do I hold that I need to throw off? Certainly, I know that I obsess when things don’t go the way I planned. That does bother me. I think everything should run the way I see it running. And don’t get in my way. I know – that’s wrong. But do you do that too? How can I throw that off?
Here are 3 ways that help me when I feel frustrated when things don’t go my way.
- My favourite is I say to myself, “It is not about you.” The world does not revolve around me and what I want. I have to say that over and over. Here is Max Lucado’s article on It’s Not About Me. It’s a very good read.
- Counting to 10. I learned this one while teaching primary school and with my own children. If I can count to 10 my anger has time to cool down and I can get to the bottom of a situation and still remain at peace within myself.
- Head for the washroom. Yes that is my oasis – my safe place. If I can get there before my emotions boil over I have a few minutes to regroup and keep my peace before tackling the problem.
In each example I am able to put everything aside – find Jesus – then regroup and go back and act in a peaceful manner.
Jesus brought us Peace – peace of mind. Let’s live with that peace. (tweet this)
Let’s work with that peace. Let’s love with peace in our hearts.
Therefore as we head this week toward Christmas think of ways you can keep the peace:
- when things don’t go as planned
- when you are so busy you don’t know what to do next
- when someone gets upset with you
- when you do something wrong and now need to ask forgiveness
- when troubles seem to follow you wherever you go
In addition here are 4 others posts I have written over the years about peace. If you need peace today check them out.
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