The final week before Christmas. I wonder what it is like at your house. Are the decorations up? Cookies baked? Candy covered in chocolate? Presents bought and wrapped? Christmas music playing softly in the background while you sip a cup of Holiday Blend? That sounds so peaceful! I sincerely hope that is what you are experiencing.
What is going on inside – the places hidden from others? Does peace rule there? Or is it chaotic and messy as anticipation of holiday gatherings runs through your mind like a hamster on a wheel?
Paul wrote an excellent formula for achieving peace even in the midst of the most disturbing situations. I rarely say that there is a formula for achieving something, especially in regard to emotional and mental health. But I feel pretty safe in this one. As a matter of fact, I think science is catching up with scripture in this particular arena. I am reading a book on brain health and the author, who is a Christ follower, emphasizes the same principles Paul gives.
4Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4:4-9
Look at that middle verse — it is exactly what I need right now — God’s peace! What do I need to do to get it? That is what we are going to dig into this week so keep coming back! There is a formula and it works!
The simple fact you are reading this is a step in the right direction of a peaceful mind and heart. You see, people who set aside time for meditation and reflection are healthier, happier and more peaceful. So, this is a good first step in achieving the goal of a peace-filled week! I’m proud of your good choices!