— St. Teresa of Avila
We are to enter the rest of God. Hebrews 4:3a says, “Now we who have believed enter that rest.” And Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
What is supplication? Yes, it means begging or asking for something humbly, but it also means trusting that our prayers are heard and leaning not on our own effort.
Proverbs 3:5 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
The Bible is full of passages about entering the rest that God gives. Unfortunately, the world does not follow much of what God said thousands of years ago, even though it still pertains abundantly well to today’s stresses and worries.
Proverbs 4:26-27 advises: “Watch the path of your feet, and all of your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left. Turn your foot from evil.”
What do you want most? Take a moment and think about it. Is it one of the character traits in this book? A goal? Is it to be like someone you look up to? What is it that you want most of all this year? Or even this month?
When I worked through a self-mastery class in 2014, one of the questions I was asked to sit and think about in my quiet time was: “What is it that you want more than anything else in all areas of your life?” How would you answer that? Wealth, health, prosperity? Abundance, friends, influence?
I answered: Peace. Peace is what I wanted in my life that year. I wanted it to touch every area of my life:
- Peace in relationships
- Peace in finances
- Peace of mind
- Peace in business
- Peace in my soul
I made it a “college” course to have peace in my life. I read all the peace verses in the Bible. I wrote them down in a notebook, yes with pen and paper and cursive writing! I listened to Fruit of the Spirit by Joyce Meyer and focused on the Peace CD over and over. I read more books on peace all year. Even to this day, I will go back and listen and read on this subject before any others. I now have peace! I am calm. I yell less at my kids. I didn’t say I don’t yell, ever. I said I yell less. I can be still and know that God is in charge. I can do my part and trust Him to take care of the rest.
I am comfortable with myself. I am okay with silence—with quiet time, reading time, and alone time with me. Is peace what you want? Or is it another character trait. Either way, great! Just choose what you need to focus on this month or this year and make it a “college” course. To be a master at anything takes about 10,000 hours. Invest in you.