“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”. Hebrews 12:14
I woke up with a song in my heart. I was energized and motivated. I was able to see God’s plan for my life and could see the next steps ahead of me that needed to be taken.
I went to work eager to get things done… not the nature of the work per se but to tick things off my to-do-list so I could go home and start my “real” life.
Three hours into my day, the enemy struck. Using a co-worker, he needled me where it hurt: right in the middle of my cubicle depression.
“You’re comfortable where you are.” “You’re well-paid, what do you have to complain about?” My blood started boiling.
Then I tipped my hand by stating how I felt. Big. Mistake. Instead of backing off as I thought he would, he recruited another co-worker. Together, these two people shredded my peace. And I let them.
Beloved, these two people took all the things I struggle with and rubbed my face in it.
Am I happy in my job? No.
Do I feel fulfilled at work? No.
Is my income enough to meet all my expenses? No.
But must I constantly wallow in the inadequacies that I feel in my soul? No!
Yet after a few minutes of taunting I was lashing out and cursing. Much like Peter may have on the night they crucified Christ. I walked away ashamed. I had let my tongue get the better of me. Again.
The first part of today’s verse came back to haunt me… “pursue peace with all people” (emphasis added). I hadn’t pursued peace. I had turned away from it and run head on into the storm. I forgot to keep my eyes on Christ and got into trouble.
Have you had a similar experience? Everything was going so well and then someone said something that made you so mad you were acting in a way you had promised not to? So… how do we not get drawn away the next time the devil calls our name?
Share with us your tips for finding (and keeping) your peace. What’s your favourite Bible verse that speaks about peace?