Cultivating Peace

 jealousy and envy

Proverbs 14:30 (NLT)
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; 
jealousy is like cancer in the bones.

Proverbs 14:30 (AMP)
A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.

Usually, health and fitness goals center around diet and exercise. Fewer calories. Less fat. Lower carbs. More vegetables and fruits. Leaner meats. Cleanses. Juice fasts. Gym memberships. Water aerobics. Walking. Jogging. Running. For many folks, the determination starts strong, but soon the sheen has worn off that previously shiny goal or resolution. Others will grit their teeth, set their jaws and stick with it; continuing the process and looking and feeling better because they do.

It’s always the right time of year to add a new regimen to our healthy resolutions. One that is guaranteed to make changes to our entire being – body, soul and spirit. How about a new exercise routine? Exercising peace. Building a peaceful heart and mind?

If you’ve resolved to lose weight, you’ve probably chosen a specific type of diet plan. You are counting these and avoiding those, and choosing this not that. Pursuing peace works the same way. This verse outlines clearly what needs to be avoided.

Jealousy – defined by Merriam-Webster as “hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage.

Envy – defined by Merriam-Webster as “painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.”

Wrath – defined by Merriam-Webster as “strong vengeful anger or indignation.”

Jealousy and envy require the act of comparison and the assumption of inferiority. Looking at someone else and comparing ourselves to them in some facet or aspect and finding in our estimation that what we are or what we have to be inferior to what they are or have. Jealousy and envy don’t just want what someone else has TOO; jealousy and envy usually want what someone else has INSTEAD of them having it or being it. [Read more…]

Transformed

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It really doesn’t matter who you were or who I was. What matters is who we are now in Christ and how we are being continually transformed by the renewing of our minds (a new and different way of perceiving everything, a change in how we think, and a fresh view of ourselves and others) and our refusal to be conformed to the usual ways and thinking prevalent in our world – and that world’s view of each of us and our futures.

Transformation seems like such a huge word and a process that happens outside. It shows on the outside in our demeanor, words, and actions, but it all really takes place in our thoughts. In our minds. A new perceiver (my made up word for the process/place in our mind). A new point of view. A new way of thinking.

Conforming takes place there first, too. Wherever we go in our thoughts; conformation follows. We are molded and our lives are navigated by our thinking.

Sound familiar???

Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

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Peace. Be Still.

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Speak it.

Pray it.

Over whatever is trying to steal your peace or stir up any kind of anxiety or amplify your brokenness.

Got some things hanging out at the edge of your mind eroding your joy? Your peace?

Maybe it isn’t that subtle. Maybe those things are flooding your thoughts and washing away your ability to think beyond the problems.

Don’t talk about the storm today. Don’t worry about the storm today. No matter what that storm is. Relationships. Finances. Health. Work. Marriage. Loneliness. Children. Parents. Whatever. Shhhhh.

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