Anyone who knows me, at least a little, is probably aware of the fact that I’m a bit of a Christmas junkie (like the……Christmas movies in summer, CD’s @ Halloween, and freezing my tooshie off to sing in the Holiday parade every year, kinda junkie)
So this evening my daughter and I decided it was time for the annual screening of It’s a Wonderful Life. There’s something about that movie that just never gets old! I’m thinking maybe it’s because it’s so easy to relate to! Who hasn’t had one of those days (or weeks…….or years) where EVERYTHING just goes wrong?
While watching the movie, I found myself thinking about the series Pastor Josh just began that’s all about peace. George Bailey allowed himself to lose his peace! Of course…..he was ready to jump off a bridge because of it (which is a bit more dramatic than most of our situations) but, none the less, he lost his peace. The thing that stood out to me during this years screening was the fact that, from the time George was gonna jump off the bridge to the time he realizes he has “a wonderful life” nothing about his situation had actually changed. He still lived in crumby little Bedford Falls, The money was still missing, the kid was still playing that same song over and over!!!!! The only thing that did change, was his perspective. It’s amazing when you focus on the good in your life instead of the bad, how much easier it is to be at peace! And it’s 100% our choice what we choose to focus on! What an amazing idea that peace is a choice!
On that note, in the past, I’ve found myself praying for peace, “IN JUST ONE AREA OF MY LIFE! PLEASE GOD!!!!’ (or something like that, sounds so much more desperate taken out of context). But as soon as I’m done praying I go right back to stewing about whatever it is that has me in turmoil. Like I think God’s going to turn all my thoughts into rainbows and butterflies magically and I don’t hafta do anything to assist in achieving my happy peaceful place?!?!? Yeah……..not so much! Hate to break it to y’all, but we have to help a little. This is where the whole “choice” thing comes into play. The bible talks about handing our worries over to God and he will give us peace. I think we feel like we’re doing that when we pray about our problems, but if we’re still stressing and worrying about it after, we’re kinda saying that we don’t trust that God can handle it.
Trust me, I’m totally preaching to myself with all this! I tend to be an anxious person. I hold onto some situations wayyyyy too long before I decide to hand it over and let God take care of it. And then I hafta keep having the same conversation with myself over and over, “why did you wait so long Cherie?”
Obviously we are in the midst of a typically stressful time of year. I urge all of us to keep it somewhere in our minds that we have the choice to feel at peace. It’s such a beautiful time of year but I think we often get side tracked by the stress of buying presents, and holiday parties, and family gatherings, and on and on! The outcome of most situations is going to be the same whether we stress about it or not so CHOOSE PEACE!!! Cause when it comes right down to it, it’s a wonderful life 🙂
(Phillipians 4:6-7) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance. (Jude 1:2)