Despite your brokenness, wouldn’t you like to have peace that others envy?
Regardless of all the stuff going on in your marriage or your family, wouldn’t you like to experience peace that defies all understanding?
Even with everything happening in our country and in the world, wouldn’t you love to have crazy-outrageous faith?
Consider this example:
Think about the last high school or family reunion you attended. Wasn’t it fun to spend time with people you hadn’t seen in years? Yet at the same time, perhaps you felt a little insecure – especially if you’ve been through some dark seasons.
When we’re at an event like this, it’s hard not to compare ourselves to others’ accomplishments and seemingly perfect lives. Or (especially for us ladies) to wonder how she managed to stay so skinny or look so young? 😉
But what if, during the years between our get-togethers, we allowed God to transform our lives so our conversation and perspective reflected so much joy and peace that others would want what we have?
Think what kind of impression it would make, especially to those who were aware of the struggles we’ve experienced. Imagine those around us taking note of something more desirable than looks and success.
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV) says,
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I’m not suggesting we show up at social events and begin preaching. I’m suggesting we live in such a way that our lives reflect our faith.
When we practice going to our heavenly Father in every situation (with our hearts filled with gratitude for the generous love He has for us) something beautiful happens: Our countenance reflects the peace of God.
We aren’t pretending or giving the false impression that our life is without pain, even sometimes devastating pain. On the contrary, we’re sharing truthfully from the perspective of someone who knows we’re not alone in our circumstances – because God loves us and is at work in our lives.
Perhaps, rather than worrying about being the most successful or the best looking, we can become the envy of all by developing a faith that brings with it a peace beyond understanding.
A peace so great that others will want it, too.
What do you think?
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