5 steps to perpetual peace

by Robert Rizzo | Twitter, Facebook,

Lately I have been thinking a lot about peace and frankly how much I enjoy it. I mean really enjoy it. I live for those quiet moments when I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything. For most of my life I have refused to give myself permission to enjoy peaceful times. I filled every waking moment with activities and felt I was wasting time if I wasn’t productive. But lately I have realized the sheer pleasure of doing nothing.

Even more important, I have realized that peace is not a state of being but a state of mind.

Jesus said it like this in John 14:27 of the Bible (New Living Translation)

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Did you catch that? Peace of mind and heart is not an external state of peace but an internal state. That means no matter what is going on in your world, you can have peace. Wow! That is mighty comforting considering the amount of disturbing things happening all over the world right now.

So how can you have this same peace?

1) Get to know the peacemaker. No, you can’t get an office visit with Jesus or attend His latest seminar. But you can read His best-selling book the Bible. It can be a little intimidating but just take it in small bites. And when you are reading, try talking to God about what you are reading. He loves to listen. It might feel awkward at first but remember He is there, He does listen and He does answer when you cry out to Him.

2) Give yourself permission to rest. Remember the world will get along fine if you take a break. Sounds funny but many people find their self worth in personal productivity. I still do some, but much less than I once did.

3) Stop assuming that you can actually control everything in your life.  ‘Nough said.

3) Stop worrying about your self, your problems and your stuff. Help someone else succeed. There is a special peace that comes from it.

4) Focus on what you do best, let other people do the rest.

Life is too short to be anxious and worrying all the time. Tell yourself, “Today, I choose to pursue peace. ”

Peace 🙂


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Robert is the founder of RobertRizzo.com | Mediocrity-Free Living. He is passionate about helping people discover the rewards of daily giving.

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