Peace: Practice Makes Perfect

Monday, May 19, 2014 Posted by Sara

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"I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27

Peace is a gift.  

Did you get that?

A gift.

It's given to you, free of charge, no circus tricks required.  
And on her best day, the earth cannot conjure it up.
Peace of mind and heart is a gift - from Jesus. 
Purchased on the cross for all mankind.  
It's a peace that passes all understanding, one that tells troubles and fears they must go.

What I find so stirring from this truth is - if peace is a gift, the only way I can get rid of it is if I give it away.

And this makes me wonder how often do I let people or circumstances steal my peace? 
Peace that was given to me as a gift - peace that was always intended to be mine.  
As a teacher of twenty-five 10-year-olds who are surely ready for summer break to begin, I have to choose daily to grab hold of the peace that is mine.  But living in the promise of peace on a daily basis takes practice.  A steadying and focusing of my mind to recognize the gift, and lay hold of it in my moments of frazzle. 

But as they say, practice makes perfect.

"You will keep in PERFECT PEACE those whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts you." Isaiah 26:3

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