Soon I hope to post some short podcasts here, which I made for The Journey radio program, but in the meantime here’s a transcript of episode six. It’s about tapping into the peace that only Christ gives:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. It is not as the world gives that I do.”
Christians would recognise this quote from Jesus, speaking to his closest friends shortly after his resurrection. He was speaking for our benefit as well, where we stand 2000 years later, and we know that the world can’t give us peace but we keep trying to find peace in worldly things don’t we?
I know I often fall in the trap of thinking that my life would be so much more serene if the kids were a little bit older, or if we had more money, or if a drive-through bread, milk, and chocolate shop were to pop up near our house.
But I know that if these three things magically happened tomorrow, yes, I might have a more peaceful couple of days, but bam, something else would soon come up to disturb me.
Anything we can imagine will give us more peace which is an outside circumstance can be taken away, or can even turn out to be a source of more distress.
The only peace worth having, because it is true peace, is the peace that God gives.
It is a peace which is ours at any moment, which is ours in whatever is happening, in the daily, mundane, mind-numbing tasks of each day, in the little annoyances and larger, very real daily burdens, and in the times of crises that can hit our families out of the blue and knock the wind out of us.
It is only to be found inside of us, as St Augustine famously expressed when he said, “Lord, you have made us for yourself and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in you.”
Reading just a little of the Bible, particularly the New Testament, every day, is great anecdote for a restless heart, a way to hold onto Christ’s peace in the push and pull of all that is going on around us.
Try using a real Bible rather than an app on your smart phone so that your children will see you dipping into it, and let them benefit from your gift of peace.
What about you? How do you try to rest into a peaceful moment through the day? Let me know in the comments below.