It is absolutely impossible to experience God’s peace when I’m reliving yesterday or pre-living tomorrow. Peace simply cannot be applied to yesterday’s mess nor can it be pre-applied to tomorrow’s worries.
Have you ever
Yeah, me too!
But I’m working on changing that. I truly believe that with God’s help I do not have to sacrifice today’s peace and joy to yesterday’s failures and tomorrows unknowns.
But I definitely need His help.
So, I’m working to apply the following disciplines every day … because I know when I do, well, I have the peace I want!
5 Ways to Have the Peace You Want Every Day
1. Celebrate today like it’s a bonus day.
Rev and I celebrate bonus days. In fact, today is our 4,176th bonus day.
What are bonus days?
They are the days we’ve been blessed to enjoy that were unexpected when he entered the operating room on September 20, 2007, for a pericardial stripping.
What’s that? A pericardial stripping is when a cardiac surgeon chips the thickened and hardened lining off a beating heart. It’s extremely dangerous. We were told the mortality rate, morbidity rate, and success rate
And yet, God gave us His peace that day. And every day since Rev has written the Bonus Day number on the calendar as a reminder to celebrate and LIVE.
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad today!Psalm 118:@4
2. Take every thought captive . . . purposefully reject guilt and worry.
I once read about a great idea that can help me seal today off from yesterday and tomorrow.
Living in an airlock space.
Imagine as you walk into today that the door to yesterday is closing behind you and you can’t open the door in front of you until it’s time to move into tomorrow.
Enter the airlock space with thanksgiving and leave it with repentance. No guilt and no worry.
I’m pretty sure, that’s downright Biblical…
So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:34
3. Do only what you are able to do today.
When is the last time you were able to accomplish everything on your to-do list?
Our lives are loaded with expectations. Some our own … many added by others. We have spouses, children, bosses, and friends we want to please. We’re serving and volunteering and…
It’s impossible to get it all done.
So, remember to manage each day with grace.
It’s okay to say “no.” It’s okay to set priorities. In fact, it’s not only okay,
You may find that it’s time for you to say “no” to some good things so you can fully say “yes” to the most important things.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2
4. Trust God to meet your needs today.
Have you read the Bible account lately of the way God provided food for the Israelites in the Wilderness?
In the morning, as the dew evaporated, manna was left on the ground. And the people were to trust God by gathering just enough to eat that day. If they saved it overnight it smelled bad and was full of worms. (Exodus 16)
One day at a time … just enough. With the exception of Fridays, when they were told to gather enough for the Saturday Sabbath so they could rest as God commanded.
I love that!
God is able to meet today’s needs. And He will even meet them in ways that make it possible for us to take a Sabbath rest if we trust Him.
I often sense Jesus whispering,
“Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!”Matthew 8:26
And it’s impossible to have peace when my “little faith” doubts His ability to meet my needs.
But He also says…
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.Luke 12:31
Look at the birds in the air. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. And you know that you are worth much more than the birds.Matthew 6:26
5. Just breathe. Breathe in His peace and breathe out the peace robbers.
I have a dear one who often takes a deep breath and says, “In with the butterflies out with the bees.”
Great visual right?
When the moment is difficult and I’m tempted to make it worse by adding the past and the future, I just have to stop and breathe.
Breathe out frustration, worry, anxiety, guilt, and overwhelm … and breathe in God’s gift of peace by…
- remembering His past faithfulness and provision.
- clinging His promises.
- running to Him in prayer.
When I remember all God has done for me in the past; when I lean on His promises to care for me today and in the future; and when I surrender every anxious thought to Him in prayer … I have everything I need to know He will help me experience His peace through this moment as well.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in HRomans 15:3
im. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I’ll admit it…
It’s hard to let go of yesterday and refuse to worry about tomorrow?
Especially for those of us who are naturally anxious.
But the truth is…
Like it or not, life is lived moment by moment. One day at a time.
So, it’s up to you and me whether we will live one day at a time moments with peace or sacrifice them to on the altar of regret and worry.
The choice is ours.
Steve Maraboli said:
“Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day!”
So will you join me?
- Celebrate today like it’s a bonus day.
- Take every peace-robbing thought captive and surrender it to God.
- Do what we are able to do today.
- Trust God to meet this day’s needs.
- And breathe in His peace.
We can do this! You and I can live one day at a time with God’s help.
And finally, here’s one more question that gives me perspective…
Will this matter a year from now?
It’s surprising how often the answer is, “no!” And if that’s the case, it’s not worth what it’s costing me in peace.
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