Relentless Peace – Shazzy Health
Think about it for a moment. Relentless peace. Although it doesn't really mean the same thing, Relentless peace is likely to make you think of the idea of endless peace or ALWAYS have a calm, unshakable, grounded feeling. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? What would it look like? Can this even be achieved in these uncertain times? If we take a closer look at what we mean by inexorable peace, we will all agree on this inexorable peace is not only attainable, but in fact necessary to grow through what we go through.
If you are a superhero or action movie fan, you have most likely noticed that the main character has this inexplicably cool self-confidence, this inner peace. He or she may leave an exploding building, fight aliens, dive into the ocean to save a pilot, or defend their crown and their nation's resources, but they make everything look like another day of work. While these superheroes make it look almost easy, the authors make sure there are moments of doubt, missteps, and even fear. The important lesson we learn from these characters is that they never stay in fear and doubt for long. These great men and women of fiction were brought up from an early age to relentlessly return to a state of calm, calm strength and new determination. If you are not a superhero or action film fan, please stay with me. I'm going somewhere with it.
Here in the real world, we've seen enough brain exams to understand how much we can affect our daily lives by trying not to control our thoughts, but the thoughts we are allowed to capture, the ones we entertain. We have seen many examples of how this works in both history and the Bible. When we imagine Paul in prison, I don't know anything about you, but I never imagine how he panics. In fact, the Bible tells us that we would most likely praise and sing Paul in his prison cell, thereby encouraging inmates and literally saving the soul of his guard. When we read that Jesus had a huge picnic for thousands as he told them engaging stories about how to live and gave them a view of the sky, do you imagine Him furious and frustrated or peaceful and loving? There have been countless moments when Jesus or Paul could rightly be frustrated, for example because Paul was imprisoned just because he was trying to bring the best news of all time to the world and Jesus still had to answer the question: Who is this man? ”When he had repeatedly shown that he was clearly the Messiah. Jesus and Paul kept their peace by tirelessly focusing on their purpose and constantly connecting with the Father. As we discussed in July, they were no stranger to the relentless prayer. Jesus demonstrated for us and Paul understood the need for this constant conversation between our hearts and the heart of God. It is the way we reconcile our will and purpose with God's will, which ultimately brings His complete peace. When we look around today, so many things are pressing on us that are the opposite of peaceful. For many mothers (especially in the south), August means going back to school when we usually go back to school and look forward to the first day of school and everything else, but understandably we are concerned this year and everything is so different. We either send our children back to school physically or back to school online, knowing that neither will look the same as it did in the past. We all hope that we make the best possible decision for our children. To make matters worse, we keep getting conflicting messages from doctors, news media, and government officials about this deadly virus and the best way to deal with it. Add to that the ups and downs and triumphs and heartache conditions that accompany even the most diverse attempt to bridge racial segregation and bring about real lasting changes. Believe it or not, this is a crucial moment in our film, but it is not a fiction. Of course, I do not compare the severity in any way, but it is as real as the suffering of Jesus and as real as the trials Paul went through. Our answer requires the calm courage of a superhero and the real example in The Word of how we can relentlessly strive for the peace that only God can offer. This does not mean that we cannot relax, have days in our pajamas, and can just do well to exist. In fact, sometimes this striving is as much about sitting at Jesus' feet as it is about taking action.
Next month at Shazzy Fitness, we invite you to take a trip with us. Sometimes it's about resting and just remembering that God is in control, and sometimes it's an adventure where you adjust your imaginary cloak, put on your very real mask, put on and prepare for the full armor of God have to fight relentlessly for your peace. Don't worry, we have a plan and fight with you against all the noise and the noise makers who are trying to steal our peace.
We will take an OT & NT approach to regain focus and keep our peace. Take these verses every week and write them on index cards or pieces of paper. Highlight or circle the word PEACE. Then put the index cards or paper in a place that catches your eye during the day. You might even go to a Bible app and create a graphic of these verses to display on your phone or computer screen. These verses are meant to remind us where our peace comes from and that we have to use this relentless prayer from last month (see blog post titled Relentless Prayer) to achieve God's peace that is beyond understanding. If anyone tries to steal your peace in the next four weeks, remember how calm superheroes remain towards an enemy. Concentrate on your breathing, let yourself feel grateful for your breath. Think of Paul singing in his cell and imagine Jesus smiling in the grass, feeding thousands out of a little boy's lunch box. Look for your peace every day, and if for some reason you miss it that day, look for it the next, that's why it's called Relentless peace.
Week 1 – Job 10:21 & Philippians 4: 6, 7 & 8
Week 2 – Isaiah 54:13 & Hebrews 12:14
Week 3 – Isaiah 54:10 & II Thessalonians 3:16
Week 4 – Isaiah 26: 3 & John 14:27
Remember friend, we are here with you. We pray with you and for you. You have your Shazzy family by your side as we tirelessly strive for peace in our hearts that will eventually overflow to bring the much-needed peace to our world.