“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” (Galatians 5:22)
Remember when you were a kid and you were able to relax as you played with your toys in the middle of the day without having to go to school or a job? One of the first things that comes to mind when I hear the word ‘peace’ is that. “Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.” (Oxford Dictionaries) However, we are unable to sit and play with our toys,
1. because “we don’t have time” and
2. because we are too old.
Wasn’t that peace, labeled as playtime in our childhood memories, a necessary part of our growth? Since when has our “playtime” disappeared? In our busy days, how can we recreate those “playtimes”?
Peace inside //
Tim Timmons describes this type of peace as, “The same great peace that calmed the sea, is living in me.” If Tim Timmons is correct, (which he is) then the peace that Christ holds is hidden inside of our hearts. We hold a powerful, perfect, peace that can easily recreate those “playtimes”. In our days, this peace is that friend that calms you down, that deep breath before a presentation, or making that last check on your to-do list and saying, “it is finished”.
Peace around us //
At this very moment, I sit at my desk, which looks out onto three Red-winged Black Birds sharing the same bird feeder, the slow moving, sparkling lake with trees in the background, and a spastic butterfly that just flew into the window. Despite the butterfly, all that I see has a sense of peace and relaxation. God has created a peaceful Earth with creatures that reflect His beauty. I encourage you to make time to look outside and relax every so often, really take in this beautiful Earth and have some quite time with the creator.
A peaceful life is a life we are called to live. Let’s recreate those “childhood play times” by taking a deep breath and moving forward.
How do you create your “Playtimes”?
XOXO, The Christian Prepster