Peace Starts With You

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways, know, recognize and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” Prov. 3: 5-6

Peace in your life starts with you. No matter what other people are doing, saying or thinking about you, you are the one who decides how you feel, think and act. You are the umpire of your own soul. 

A Parable of Peace  

One of my clients told me a story the other day. She was at the bank. The tellers were discussing happiness. They were each waiting for various things to happen so they could ‘be happy’. My client told them, “You don’t need anything to be happy. You just have to decide to be happy. You can put a smile on your face and tell yourself, ‘I’m going to be happy today and I’m not going to let anyone take it away from me’!” 

I was proud of her because there was a time in her life not so long ago when she would not have been able to say that. She had unconsciously let other people’s actions steal the joy and peace from her life. She reacted negatively to the stressors in her life, instead of choosing to respond in a positive way. 

That’s what faith is all about … trusting that things will work out, even when you can’t see how. As you truly trust, you won’t allow life’s pressures to overwhelm you. You will hold on to your inner peace. You won’t let anyone steal your peace or your joy.

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