Is There a Pathway to Peace?
Anxiety, stress, hypertension, depression, fear, apprehension, and many emotional struggles are common in a generation seeking to find personal peace. Many people have tried many things to find an answer to their inner turmoil. America has lots of professional counselors, psychiatrists, and others trained to help with personal emotional unrest.
Some years ago, Duke University did a study on “peace of mind.” Factors found to contribute greatly to emotional and mental stability are:
The absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness.
- Not living in the past. An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression.
- Not wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. Cooperate with life, instead of trying to run away from it.
- Force yourself to stay involved with the living world. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress.
- Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal. Accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune.
- Cultivate the old-fashioned virtues—love, humor, compassion and loyalty
- Do not expect too much of yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation and your ability to meet the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable.
Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. Self-centered egotistical people score lowest in any test for measuring happiness.(Copied).
God never promised that we would never experience challenges and be bombarded with stresses in the journey of life. But, He did make marvelous promises of how to find peace….Psalm 29:11 – The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Phil.4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.Col.3:15 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Prov. 12:20 – Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. May your soul find rest and true peace in the Prince of Peace!