Peace of Heart and Mind

Guest writer Nick Stead, theprayerplace.net

Without a thought for Coronavirus, I walked through our local shopping mall without a mask. I was more interested in buying something new for myself – but that was last year! It’s now autumn 2020, and life has changed dramatically for everyone. Our outlook on life has changed too. We’ve realised what’s most important in life, and that’s life itself.

We’ve all had to re-evaluate. The things that we spent our lives trying to obtain, have lost their importance. The late American actor, Richard Pryor, once said, “There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything – millions of dollars, mansions, cars, nice clothes, beautiful women, and every other materialistic thing you can imagine. Now I struggle for peace.”

After ‘life’, peace comes high up on many people’s wish-lists. Of course, peace is more than an absence of noise. It’s something we hold deep within, yet it’s not that easy to obtain. We are constantly bombarded with messages, posts, notifications, emails and headlines. So much so that Alanis Morisette, the Canadian musician, is quoted as craving for “peace of mind for five minutes.”

For some lockdown was tough, but for others with less commitments, it became a time to take in the natural beauty that surrounds us, even if that was only an urban robin or wildflowers in a local park. Let’s not lose that experience, but instead let’s take time to be still and fill our minds with those things that are good, pure and beautiful. An ancient proverb reminds us that “A heart at peace gives life to the body.” 1

Peace of mind also includes being at peace with others and God. Being in right relationship with our Creator, knowing His acceptance and loving presence is a rare jewel in this topsy-turvy world.

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. … I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls … I give you My peace … Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” 2

Whether you’re enjoying the beauty of nature, or this world is proving too much to bear, why not chat to Jesus? Tell Him how you feel and ask to know Him better. He never turns anyone away.

References from the Bible: 1) Proverbs 14:30.  2) Matthew 11:28-29; John 14:27.

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