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Friday, October 3, 2014

Think About It

Peace

What is peace? Some would describe it as being calm. It can also mean harmony or freedom from strife. We all probably want peace. Sometimes we even equate peace with silence.

This morning as I look out the window from my desk, my neighbor is in his normal spot on his stoop drinking a cup of coffee and having a cigarette. It’s a ritual for him and I can find him there several times in the morning. Perhaps it’s his peaceful spot. We all seem to have those favorite places where we can practice peace. For some it may even be the bathtub.

Funny thing about peace is that peace doesn’t mean the absence of strife. In fact we may have peace right in the middle of strife. It really comes down to our attitude. Many people have strife in their life. Some call it drama. But whatever you call it, it’s like an annoying fly that keeps flying around your head. It’s annoying and distracting. The key however is to not allow the distraction to be come your focus, because that’s when you will loose your peace.

In the Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5), Jesus talks about peace in the form of blessings. He contrasted life in the Kingdom of the world with the Kingdom of God. When you live in the Kingdom of the world you will have strife and hardship. There will be hunger, suffering and death. But when your eyes are upon the Kingdom of God, even though the Kingdom of the world surrounds you, you can still have peace. It’s all about perspective, and it must be chosen.

It has been said that life is not about what happens to us, but rather what we do with it. Does it happen to us or for us? In other words I can find hope in tragedy because I’m looking at a bigger picture. When our focus is beyond our circumstances we see things differently. Peace then is something that I can have here and now regardless of my circumstances if I choose it. Think about it. 

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

I THINK ABOUT PEACE THUR STRIFE ALL THE TIME I TRY TO WARN OF THE STRIFE THUR LETTERS AND E-MAIL ABOUT STRIFE. MOST TIME THESE WARNINGS ARE FORGOT THE SAME AS 911. I ACHIEVE MY PEACE BY TRYING TO BE THE WATCH MAN AS IN THE BIBLE TO WARN PEOPLE. SOME TIMES I AM SHUNNED FOR THIS AND CALLED A TROUBLE MAKER BUT THIS IS MY MISSION THAT I FEEL GOD GAVE TO ME WHILE SERVING IN THE MILITARY FOR 23 YEARS AND IN THE RESERVES UNTIL 62 YEARS OF AGE. ENOUGH SAID , FRED'S DEAD .IF THE TRUTH IS PRINTED ,THEN I CAN SAY I TRIED .
I TOTALY AGREE WITH YOU.

Anonymous said...

Peace is not being away from work or noise or even being away from chaos. Peace is when you are in the middle of these things while having a calmness in your heart.