Pursuing Peace

“Seek peace and pursue it.”  How I love that passage from Psalm 34.  And I love it that a hardworking fisherman turned apostle quoted it in one of his letters.

And oh, how I try to pursue peace!

It’s easier said than done.

But evening after evening I take my little gardening shears in hand, and I dead head my roses.  Lots of roses.  I try to lose the cares of the day while I clip away, taking delight in making everything fresh.

It’s not always easy to lose the cares of the day.  There’s a battle in my heart.  I want to fix problems.  I want to heal marriages and rescue alcoholics.  I worry about lives that seem to be imploding right before my very eyes.

And over the years I’ve lost a lot of peace in my life trying to make everything better.

And thus, the battle.  Pursue peace, stay removed, try to make a beautiful rose garden?  Or jump into the fray, shed the tears, pick up more scars?  Am I the only one who feels guilty while pursuing peace?

The Amplified Bible says to crave peace and go after it.  And so I shall.  And I’ll keep working toward getting rid of the guilt that comes with not showing up for every function, not getting involved in every crisis, not serving on committees, not confronting every problem.

That’s my path right now.

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2 Responses to “Pursuing Peace”

  1. lawaanda calton says:

    Love your thoughts….love this photo….love You!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Hard but necessary attitude.

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