Peace

Peace. Such a refreshing word to hear when I think of the fast paced, and sometimes chaotic world we live in. Last week I gathered in Kansas City, Mo. with a group of worship leaders around the country all doing ministry in various places. During our last worship together we read the beginning of Genesis 1:1-2

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."

Something new occurred to me as the pastor was sharing and he said that in the beginning before God spoken into creation something did exist. The earth. It was formless and empty, and there was darkness over the surface of the deep. Without getting too theological sounding here, basically before God spoke into creation chaos existed. Then God spoke, and when God spoke creation began to form, and peace came over the chaos. 

I was struck by this because often the world can feel chaotic in our busy over scheduled lives. Although God's intention was to bring peace. God created peace. God gives peace.

As we continue to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, peace is a characteristic many of us long to experience in our lives. I have heard from so many people their desire to slow down, to feel at peace, and to feel like they can breathe in the midst of their own world of chaos. 

God intends for us to live in peace. Peace with God, and peace with others. Not only are we created to live in peace, we are to cultivate peace in our lives so that as we live with peace, the light of Christ's peace reflects from within us. 

Take a moment to think of the last time you felt truly at peace? Maybe you were someplace outside, maybe with family, or maybe it was taking five minutes to be with yourself. What was it about that moment that was peaceful? 

Take a few deep breaths. As you meditate on peace this week. What does practicing peace look like in your life? In what ways can you cultivate peace in your life, so that you can live in peace with others?