Serenity

Being free from stress or emotion; at peace; calmness

Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm Author Unknown    

 

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else. Marvin Gaye.       

 

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. Author Unknown    

 

   Achieving more serenity is desirable and healthy. Many of us have a difficult time practicing the concept of “peace and quiet”. Our world is stressful and pressure-filled; with “time-ticking” away as we rush to get up in the morning and until we make ourselves go to bed at night. This starts from the time we first enter the “Rat Race” and until we grow old and finally slow down.  

    As technology continues advancing, we add more time-consuming activities to our schedule. We find it difficult to find enough time for some of the things that are most important. We are not in control, do not have the right priorities and “cannot see the forest for the trees”. We are like rats caught in a maze moving as fast as we can, trying to find our piece of cheese.

     We need serenity; to slow to a manageable pace that includes opportunities to “smell the roses”. Each of us needs to put more emphasis on achieving a “higher quality” and perhaps less on the quantity of things we do. Many of the things causing us stress and anxiety are not as important as they may appear. We worry in order to be worrying. An old adage says the vast majority of worrying is about things that never happen. If we will stop and look at the big picture, we will be reminded how messed up our priorities are.

     Wise people have told us the most important things in life are our relationships with those around us.  As we get older we increasing realize this. Making these kinds of changes is not easy.  It takes a serious commitment on our part to back off from the torrid pace of the “rat race”. It requires sorting through all activities consuming our time. We have to be willing to get rid of some of them (quantity) and to replace them with higher quality (less quantity). This should include adding more family activities, reading, gardening, going to the park, camping, hiking, and so forth. The stress and worry in our life will not diminish without us making a conscientious effort to make it happen. We will likely find more joy and happiness in doing fewer things better than a lot of things in a hurry and at lower quality. We should be in control of our life rather than being controlled.

 

Challenge:  What needs to happen in your life in order for you to achieve a state of serenity? Find the time and a place to practice becoming serene, peaceful and stress free. What does it mean to you to “take time to smell the roses”? Even for a few minutes at a time, it is a highly worthwhile activity for you to seek. Find more and more ways to replace stress with serenity. The quality of your life is the price you pay for not having enough serenity  

 

Wisdom: Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all. Robert Pirsig    

 

Spiritual: (NIV):

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17 

 

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

 

We can know true peace that comes from knowing God loves us and has taken care of the really important issues in life. This peace is beautifully wrapped up in concepts of faith and confidence. It comes from believing and knowing God keeps his promises. As we walk closer and closer with him, faith and confidence does nothing but grow stronger and stronger. The first step to finding serenity is to turn our lives over to him.            

 

Prayer:  Help me to let go and let you. Help me to go where you lead. 

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