wisdom


What is it about people who radiate peace? There is a strong sense of conviction about them, a compassionate respect for others, clarity of thought and communication, and a refreshing sense of humor.

What seems to be consistent with a peaceful aura is a strong belief system. it is a conviction that emanates from every breath that is taken, every thought that is experienced, every feeling that is felt, every action that is performed. This conviction is the grace of God.

The seeds of peace begin with a belief in God. The seeds grow as we become more rooted in our convictions as children of God. As we mature into hardy “perennials”, we experience the peace of our beings by living according to His will.

There is a simple prayer that directs us towards peace: “I AM LISTENING.” To keep our eyes and ears open to His word, His direction, His nudging, affords a sense of calm, even in the eye of a relational storm.

Listen.

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We are all familiar with walking down the street and coming to a crossroads with a stoplight and the direction of “walk, don’t run” flashing when it’s our turn to cross the street.  What a wonderful saying for our journeys through life.

How often does it happen that before you know it, a day has passed and you don’t remember the feelings or impact your actions or experiences have had on you?  You have gotten a host of things done off your to-do list and start preparing your list for the next day.  Maybe a sense of accomplishment is felt, but what was your experience of this day?  What opportunities did you miss or what challenges were skipped because of racing through that checklist of “productivity”?

I do not discount how busy our schedules can be and the errands and chores that require attention on a daily basis.  But, consider this.  We all have been driving down a city street, noticing and trying to avoid the vehicle that weaves in and out of traffic to get ahead of everyone else.  How many of you are aware that more often than not you catch up with the hurried driver at the next stoplight?

The point is that we get nowhere fast when we race through life.  We miss the nuances, the beauty, the life lessons, the seeds for wisdom whenever we hurry, destined to repeat the same mistakes, miss the important messages, and feel drained of energy.  There is no finish line to cross, no person to beat, no stopwatch to monitor.

Life truly is not a race to be won, but a journey to be enjoyed.  Make sure you see all the sights:  Walk, Don’t Run!