These days, peace of heart and mind is a rare and valuable commodity. I find that there are common thieves among us that seek to rob us of this vital element of life.
7 Thieves of Peace:
- Carrying a burden that’s not yours to carry.
- Comparing yourself to others.
- Focusing on a mission other than what God gave you.
- Worrying about things you cannot change.
- Majoring in minor things.
- Minding someone else’s business.
- Trying to be someone God never intended you to be.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
Don’t let them get away with it!
How can you know if you are where God wants you to be, doing what He wants you to do?
You are stretched: If you are really comfortable in your position or responsibility, chances are, you need a change. If you can do you job with your eyes closed, change jobs. God wants you to grow and the only way to do that is to be challenged. If your duties require that you expand your abilities, congrats – you are right in your sweet spot.
You are fulfilled: If you find a sense of satisfaction simply from doing what is expected of you, that is a good sign. Completion, peace of mind and contentment can’t be manufactured. Additionally, these emotions are very rare. If you are enjoying them, kudos to you for finding your groove.
You are succeeding: One of the best ways for God to get the attention of one of His people is to allow them to fail. Failure is a great motivator. God wants you to succeed. I know this is a generalization and it is way over-used in some television preacher circles, but it is true nonetheless. If you are enjoying a season of success, it is probably a “thumbs up” from God.
You are reliant: If your duties are requiring more than you feel you can possibly give, it may be a sign that God has you right where He wants you. Of course it is possible to just be in over your head. However, God expects great things of you – and you can’t do it without Him! Learn to lean on Him.
You are not looking around: If you spend zero time thinking about your next move; if your plans are focused on your current appointment only; if you wouldn’t accept a change even with a pay increase, you’ve found a home. Enjoy it.
There a few greater joys than knowing you are fulfilling your God-given purpose. Until you find that, keep pushing until you do so. Once you do find it, you’d better stay put – until and unless God changes His mind.