“Let Peace be Your Umpire”

January 4, 2016

Stop — pause and take it all in.

In our busy world, there seems to be little time for growth and reflection. We are so busy doing, that there is often haste in our learning experiences and we allow little time for growth and reflection.

God leads us by peace. Think of how things could change in our daily routine if we ran our lives by finding peace in all we do. Sometimes we just have to pause for a moment and listen to our stirring hearts. By pausing and reflecting, we allow room for spirtual growth.

I’m not saying that finding peace in all that we do is supposed to be easy. In fact, I get intimidated or even stressed out about the idea. But recently, I have learned that maintaining peace is important in order to maintain stability in our hectic lives. When we don’t have peace, we may not be acting in accordance to God’s plan.

I find peace in my relationships. I am a people pleaser. For me, I am at peace and I know I have listened to the voice of God when I make my friends and family happy. When I am trying to discern between the voice of God and other voices that compete for my attention, I listen to see which voice brings God’s peace into my heart. Peace is like an internal confirmation — essentially God is approving of our decisions.

As an example, I think of peace like an umpire; peace decides what is “in” and what is “out.” I resist doing things that make my inner conscious uncomfortable. As a second semester college sophomore, I have never felt the desire to go out and party simply because I’m not comfortable. I also do not look down on or judge students who make the opposite choice. God gives or takes peace from our conscious to let us know whether we are on the right track. As a college student who tries to run my life by finding peace, I get excited about listening to God because I know I am acting in accordance to His plan.

I think what’s really cool is that God has an amazing plan for everyone’s life. One person’s sense of peace is going to be completely different from another person’s sense of peace. But that’s because we are all unique and God has something incredible planned for each individual person. By finding peace, we are taking another step closer to the goal of honoring Him in all that we do.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3: 15–17).

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