Peace of Mind

The human mind is a tricky thing. Overcoming one’s tendency to fixate and start down imaginary roads requires work. Our minds have the uncanny ability to use their imaginations to carry them away, to read more into innocent exchanges with loved ones and coworkers than anyone ever intended. And if we are not careful, we arrive at the unintended destination of hurt and despair down the interstates of hypersensitivity and imagination.

But there is an e-brake. A kill switch to our overly-analytical tendencies and our soft feelings. It is a proactive one, not reactive.

Paul says “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about these things,” as opposed to those other things we tend to dwell and fixate on (Philippians 4:8). This requires work, but it also keeps the mind active and busy with things that are positive.

You are going to fill your head with something. Right? That’s how the mind works. Might as well make it worth your while.

Notice the result: “Put this into practice, and the God of peace will be with you” (9).

Peace is something we all pray for. But we are not called to always be its passive recipients. Like muscles on our bodies we work to maintain, there are steps we can actively take towards building that peace we so desperately desire. It’s there already, a gift from God through the Holy Spirit. Often how much we experience of it depends on our ability to “put it into practice.”

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