“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
Continuing our journey through peace cultivation, we have reflected on how important it is to ask God for the holy spirit’s guidance through our lives. If we are looking at HIS roadmap, we are less likely to be diverted by external circumstances.
One thing that divert our attention is attaining “stuff.” We desire bigger homes, nicer cars, stylish clothes and physical comfort. Or, maybe your needs at this point are more urgent-you need a job, food, housing or health insurance.
No matter what we are striving towards, it’s important not to fall into the trap of “if-then” statements. An example of such a statement would be, “If I get this job, I will have peace.” At that point you are equating something here in this world to provide you what only God can and this is when we can lose focus. While it’s likely that, in our example, getting the job will yield temporary peace, because now you have an identified source of income, you will have the parallel stress of pleasing a new boss, adjusting to a new schedule and meeting new people.
Likewise, if you finally get to take the vacation you wanted, you may feel peace once you arrive at your location, but what if your problems at home just follow you on your trip? This can lead to feeling let down and shortchanged.
Trying to live your life with deliberate simplicity can heighten our spiritual peace. If you can afford “more” try to see if you can remain content with what you’ve already got until you are sure that you aren’t looking to the “thing” to feel more peace in your soul.
Though I have not gathered much evidence to back it up, I think it’s a true statement that people who live simply have more peace.
“Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith than an house full of sacrifices with strife.”