Mondays are my day off.
I may not be at the office working but Mondays don't feel like a day off. On more than one occasion today I found myself watching three to four kids. There was a lot of running around, yelling, screaming, fighting and some occasional biting. The kids weren't good today either.
All joking aside, it was tough, at times, to keep the peace. It's hard to think straight when four kids are all wanting your attention. It's hard to remain calm and peaceful when someone is getting bit and screaming hysterically. It's hard to be at peace when no one likes the lunch you made, and they let you know it. It's hard to be at peace when the kids you put to bed 30 minutes ago are still wide awake.
I have found that just because it's hard to be at peace doesn't mean it's not possible to be at peace. The word 'serenity' means peace. Serenity is the state or quality of being calm or tranquil. You can have a quality of peace and tranquility that goes beyond a situation or circumstance.
Check out one of my favorite Bible verses about this subject; it is found in the book of Philippians.
Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NLT)
The peace (tranquility, calm) that comes from God is beyond anything that we can understand! His peace guards our hearts and minds. We can think and act out of peace not because we find ourselves in a peaceful situation but because we find ourselves squarely in the peace of God.
Maybe you need peace today. No matter what your situation is, please know that God's peace goes beyond your circumstance. His peace is always available to you.
Until Monday, Josh
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