Colossians 3:5 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
We have made a turn. Summer is quickly fading and fall is just about here. Some of you have kids going back to school, schedules getting tighter, vacation is all used up and days seem packed with more “to do” then time allows.
I was talking just last night with my wife about our schedules this coming week, which turned into our schedules this month. Looks like, we have only one night every week in the next month or more that the whole family is home during an evening.
Just like you, sports practices and games, small group nights, meetings, other commitments, we are just busy people. But through all of that, let me ask you….how is your peace?
Peace should be the hallmark of the Christian, a part of our character. It should be part of our character because God has promised his peace.
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Sometimes peace is robbed from us when we try to tackle too much, or try to deal with the events of our lives in our own strength. We worry, fret, and stress over our schedules, commitments, trials and we need to learn to cast our cares on God.
The tragedy of being “too busy” sometimes is that we miss out on the blessing of God. We miss how He is trying to communicate to us, to teach us, to get our attention. Our life can be so noisy that God can’t get a word in edgewise, and we miss out on what God is trying to communicate.
Sometimes we lack peace because of a trial we are going through. We lack peace because we won’t settle for anything less than complete deliverance from our problems. We miss out on growth and teaching opportunities from the Lord.
So as we transition to a traditionally busier time of the year, I urge you to take time to “fill up”. Spend time with God, devote yourself to prayer and His word, allow rest in your schedule, and don’t let the unimportant rob you from what is most important.