“The person you see yourself to be will in the end be the person you become.” – Dr. Charles Stanley
My church has a huge library full of both fiction and nonfiction Christian books.
I had the pleasure of browsing it for the first time this past Sunday (when I first visited the church the weekend before, we left before I could look lol). I ended up taking home six different books that I’m pretty excited about reading.
One of them, which stood out to me the most, is called ‘Finding Peace.’ It was written by my favorite pastor and Christian author, Dr. Charles Stanley.
Out of the five chapters I’ve read so far, it has become more and more apparent to me that what I’m seeking in this season of my life is peace.
I’ve shared recently that the past several years of my life have been unintentionally defined by medical concerns, as well as the births of my two youngest siblings (both of which ended up overlapping on occasion). I based how I felt about my life on temporary struggles, which resulted in immense emotional tension, constant anxiety, over-analyzing everything, and struggling in my relationships with the Lord and my family.
I can now see how much pain I was in during that time, but I didn’t realize it when it was going on. That resulted in feeling extremely poorly about my life, because my focus and vision were tainted by the worst thing I was facing at the time. I no longer looked for the best in things and instead became an avid realist and pessimist, raining on my own parade and negatively affecting others.
My inspiration for writing this post came from what Dr. Stanley talked about in ‘Finding Peace.’ He said that we base the peace we feel in life on temporary circumstances instead of letting our peace be rooted in our relationship with the Lord … and I could immediately see that the same was true for me.
If I allow myself to be instantly affected by the negativity I meet every single day, it doesn’t matter what the struggle is – it will affect me more than it should. My reaction to difficulties, stress, confusion, and fear should be based on the fact that I trust in the Lord to protect me, lead me, and guide me, because I know that He loves me. Overreacting and allowing negative feelings to linger is absolute poison.
What I’m now in the process of learning is this:
No matter what I’m going through, the Lord remains the same.
By keeping this in mind, I know that no matter what comes my way, it is there for a reason. I can endure it knowing the Lord’s teaching me through it, and I can rest in His strength and peace instead of turning to the circumstances of my life for my well-being.
I’m choosing to learn from mistakes and circumstances instead of letting them hurt and change me. When bad things happen, I’ll remember that the Lord has everything in His hands. I will trust in Him to guide me. I desire for my peace to rest in this, not in what’s currently happening around me.
I’m pursuing nurturing a peaceful mind and a peace-filled lifestyle.
The progress I’m already making is an encouragement to me. I’m excited about seeing where pursuing the Lord’s peace will take me!
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 KJV