MOVING FORWARD ◽ ENCOURAGEMENT
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
Make it your ambition to live a quiet life so that your daily
life might win the respect of outsiders.
Everyone seems to be upset right now. We yell at the news on TV, at other drivers in traffic, and, more and more lately, straight into one another's faces. It is an unsettling time and emotions are running rampant.
God's Word challenges us to not get caught up in the hysteria. When we set our minds on him and his promises, we have access to the peace that surpasses understanding…
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
…and we offer an example to the world that is an attractive retreat from all of the chaos. We can live in a God-bubble of calm quietness. Others desperately need to know that this emotional safety is available to them as well.
Photo courtesy of Doug Gephardt
As Joyce Meyer has said, we can "think about what we're thinking about."
Our example matters!
Today, I choose to think about God's eternal view of this world and to mind my own thoughts and actions instead of allowing the crazy out there to invade my peace.
Maybe someone will see what I have and want to know how they can get it for themselves, and that peace will guard us all.