The Thief of Peace

I woke up at 4:00 a.m…. worried.  It eclipsed the peace and quiet of the pre-dawn.  In fact, after a little reflection, I believe that worry may be the perfect opposite of peace.

This morning, when I think about creating a peaceful home…. I wonder what I can do to make my home worry-free.  There is obviously more to it than just resolving not to worry….  A lot can be accomplished by not creating things to worry about in the first place.

I’m as guilty as anyone of creating volatility in my life.  We’re all supremely good at deluding ourselves, and once we’ve deluded ourselves, a little confidence is all it takes to spread that delusion to those you love.  Going after the birds in the bush makes all the sense in the world when someone tells us that their wings are broken.  So we abandon what IS true for what we BELIEVE to be true.  And we will find every fact, study and piece of evidence available to cement our certainty.  Don’t get me wrong…. Certainty serves us well.  Without it, we would never make a turn, never change anything, never go anywhere.  But….

Looking back, most of the troubles I face today are troubles that I put here….. by counting on tomorrow.  I may call it “leveraging myself”.  I may call it “investing in my business” or “investing in my future”.  It sounds responsible.  But more often than not, that certainty is an illusion.  We are always up against the unknown, and believing anything more is a lie.

Jesus tells us to not worry about tomorrow… that each day has enough trouble of it’s own.

The question then becomes, “How do we get the most out of each day without gambling away our tomorrow?”  I’m not just talking about money here.  I’m talking about our time, our relationships and every other resource we’re blessed with.  Yes, it might make sense to spend a dollar today to save $5 tomorrow.  But how do we know the difference between a gamble and a trade? Between a waste and an investment? What happens if the $5 tomorrow never comes, and instead you just owe another dollar tomorrow?

The difference is acting on things we are most certain of… versus acting certain on most things.  Wisdom. Discernment. I am certain that nothing happens outside of God’s sight, and I am also certain that He expects us to learn, grow, think, do and become as we lean on Him.

Just some food for thought.  As for me, when I consider “leveraging myself” or “investing in my future” I intend to ask myself, “What potential worry may I be placing on tomorrow?”, ask God for wisdom and discernment, and then step into contentment with today.

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