Pursue Peaceful Living
Have you ever considered how amazing the Bible is? We read about the creation of earth, the flood, supernatural victories, demons, angels and even a virgin birth! From start to finish, we find miracles, signs, wonders, and Holy revelations throughout its pages. Reading the Word of God can make some wonder about life and ask why their walk with Him isn’t filled with spectacular encounters. Things can feel mundane and we can start to resent the “ordinary”.
There were times when I was so consumed with the supernatural – it became an idol. I would do things like jump in the prayer line in hopes of getting a word of knowledge. I started to obsess over dreams and read into everything like it was a piece of a puzzle God wanted to reveal to me. I also started binge watching YouTube videos of people who had testimonies of meeting God. My motives were completely wrong, and to be honest, I just wanted to experience something “cool”.
I was so ignorant; I wasn’t trying to get a word for the people or seeking Him for any life-threatening divine intervention. I just wanted Him to come talk to me – He was there, but I was missing it. I didn’t even realize I had His Word, His Spirit, and His people the whole time.
Be Grateful for a Simple, Quiet Life
1 Thessalonians 4:11 says, “and make it your ambition to live a quiet life”. This scripture means a lot to me because it reminds us that it’s okay to live a simple life. It lets you know that you don’t need anything beyond what you already have in Christ.
There is peace in knowing that your life with Jesus, right now today – is complete! No matter where He takes you from this point, you couldn’t be more joyful or more content than you already are in Him. Also, if we notice, most people in the Bible who were visited by God weren’t necessarily looking for visitation. Look at Samuel – although he served in the temple under Eli, the Bible says the Word of the Lord was rare in those days (Samuel 3:1). Samuel was very young and didn’t know God, but was visited while in bed one night.
Teammates, for some of us, we put too much stock in the big events of life: getting married, buying your home, having a child etc. We can hardly stand the meantime and find ourselves rushing to create a life full of grand finales. Then, when things don’t work out, we feel inadequate, bitter, or angry.
One of the trending hashtags now is #LivingMyBestLife. We see this all over social media and it makes me wonder why people feel they’re only living their best lives while on vacation, after they get married, or start a business? Why are people frowned upon when they simply lead quiet lives? Today’s society wants everything overnight because they think it’s the only way they can live their best lives. How sad!
Stop Waiting to Live
Team, no matter what it is you’re working toward, saving for, or praying for God to do in your life – peace and joy are available to you now. You are just as blessed studying for midterms as you are when you get that A+.
Right now, I’m taking Earth Science and although science is not my strong suit, it reminds me that our entire existence is incredible. Earth and nature, every human, every breath, every thought – all that we experience is a miracle. As time moves us farther away from the beginning of creation and society advances, it seems people become desensitized to the things of God and Spirituality. There are so many distractions, so much going on that it becomes white noise and we forsake the small wonders.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, “so I commended enjoyment because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun”. Solomon is telling us here that we need to be mindful and present and to enjoy every minute of our brief time here.
I don’t know about you, Team, but I don’t want to “live my best life” one week or twice a year on vacation. Let’s make a conscious decision to be present and to embrace the meantime between time. We can find joy in every (seemingly) mundane task. We have to be intentional about changing our perspectives on this. Yes, work hard to accomplish those goals, but know that the journey you take to get there is what makes life beautiful.
It’s on the journey that you evolve and become the man or woman God has created you to be. Let’s make every day special and live life to the fullest. Thanking and praising God just because we know Him, because He’s good, and because we CAN.
So, What’s the Play Call?
- The best thing to do to beat stress is to get close enough to God to discern His voice because He is the author your story (Jeremiah 1:5).
- Enjoy yourself (Ecclesiastes 8:15).
- Be present and live life moment-to-moment so that you don’t miss a thing.