I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!
December is always so FULL.
December is the kind of full that can tempt you into believing a low-grade internal panic will keep you productive by driving you forward.
But panic is not a driver, it’s a detainer. It will paralyze you. It may even throw you backwards. But it will never move you forward.
By the way, panic doesn’t always develop from anxiety. Sometimes it’s formed by anger, or bitterness, or even comparison.
Perfect Peace, however, is a driver.
Maybe you’ve only ever thought of peace as something like a gentle breeze, but it’s actually a force so powerful that it expands our capacity to take on the fullness of life. It blasts off of us whatever is causing panic and it fills us like oxygen so we can live and move and be.
Peace ushers us into an existence of ongoing thriving not a day-to-day surviving.
This month, really this whole year, has been full — working, problem solving, celebrating, building, starting, stopping, healing, connecting — getting stuff done! I know I’m not the only one. I know you’re a maker of happen too.
Just this morning, Bruce and I were going over our schedule for the last couple weeks of 2019, and panicking felt like the responsible thing to do. Honestly, not panicking felt like not caring.
But peace just wouldn’t let panic have its say.
Instead, I looked at the full calendar and to-do list from peace’s perspective and finally saw the truth.
I took a deep breath and said, “We are so blessed to have such a full life.”
And with that I felt my capacity expand once again.