The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…And the God of peace will be with you.
– Philippians 4:4-9
I’ve always been a leader who took comfort in being in control. But now as a left- and right-brained marketer, type-A mother of two busy boys, a perfectionist non-profit team leader, I rarely feel the level of control that brings me peace.
Our team has the blessing of a monthly spiritual retreat day. At the beginning of the year, we each asked God for one word to be our focus in 2018. When searching for my word, several were revealed to me, but peace continued to be top of the list. After committing to peace, God reinforced the message and importance to me through scripture, conversations, church retreat sisters, and even a new coffee cup.
Where do I find peace?
Recently, I took an Enneagram assessment. The results were no surprise; I am a Type 1—The Perfectionist. However, I strive for excellence (Philippians 4:8) to serve others with my God-given talents not an internal fulfillment. Peace can take many forms for people. For me, it is sometimes well-behaved boys or a beautiful marketing piece for a team member. However, I know at my core, true peace is with Christ through the following avenues:
- Praying without Ceasing – I find myself praying often and anywhere. When anxiety and worry are building inside, the best way to find peace is to pray about it—morning, noon, or night.
- Having Perspective – Taking a moment to step back, reflect, and learn from how God brought me to where I am today gives me a renewed sense of peace that God walks through life with me.
- Giving it to God – Whether under my control or not, God is the answer. He wants me to turn to him—for the good and bad—and not let the enemy have influence.
I want to be like Mary
I struggle with keeping peace top of mind, aka letting go of the control. I relate to the Martha and Mary story; however, I bounce back and forth on who I resemble. The dual-brained, type-A mom in me understands turning to Jesus in frustration with worry. The peaceful soul in me reflects the one focus of Jesus as our Savior and hangs on His every word. I never regret the time I spend with our Lord or in His word.
I bring a unique perspective to Biblical Business Training. I knew BBT in its infancy while working with the founder in the corporate world before he started the ministry. I grew as a leader through participating in a Bible study group. I had the blessing to be called of the ministry team to communicate God’s vision for the organization. My journey to the peace I have today with my faith, family, and job, is owed to letting God have control and following where he leads.
Where will you find your peace?