Once upon a time, I was on the Junior Varsity volleyball team. After each game, a varsity jersey was awarded to a player, who was permitted to dress “varsity” for the next game. The coach would always give a speech about how performance is rewarded. I really wanted that jersey! For the first few games, I could see the stats were close, and handing out the jersey was likely a judgment call.
So I kept working hard.
Eventually, the day came when I dominated the game in hits and blocks. The proof was in black and white on the stats sheet. The coach walked toward me with the jersey—it felt like everyone was watching—and she handed it to another hitter. The same one who had dressed for the previous game. I remember being so mad at how unfair it was. And then I actually had the thought, “I will never be good enough.” Anxiety followed me onto the court for many games after that.
As an adult, I can look back and clearly see that my eyes were fixed on that jersey. When it was taken away, my peace went with it. My mom gave me some advice during that hard time, and here it is …
Life is not fair, so get used to it!
If our peace is dependent on whether things in our lives are fair, we will never achieve a non anxious presence. The good news is we were never meant to live a life dependent on the “things” in this world. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we are promised peace—regardless of what the world throws at us! Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with us and remind us of this truth that we can stand on.
All you have to do is, “ask (for peace) and it will be given to you; seek and you will find (peace); knock and the door will be opened to you” (Mathew 7:7 NIV). You are never alone.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
What anxious thoughts are showing up in your life? Are you holding onto something because you feel it is unfair? Is there something in your life that you are trying to control, but you know you need to let it go?
Journal about the above questions and surrender those things to God, asking him to restore your peace.
Spend time praying for people who have hurt you or are difficult in your life. Ask God to take your hurt and exchange it for peace.
God, we need your help to reclaim our peace. Please search our hearts and show us what is standing in the way of the peace you have for us. Help us with our thought life! Replace our anxious thoughts with the truth that you have for us. Help us surrender all to you! Amen.
This post was written by April Willer, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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