Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Spiritual, Values
I’ve been thinking about peace and war for days now. On Sunday Steve Wiens talked about peace entitled “What Christ Left Us”. You can watch it here [after a Father's Day address].
My thoughts and Steve’s thoughts about peace continue to melt in my mind.
Feeling like I wanted to give you a chance to learn with me I present to you this week’s Message Tool provided as a follow up to the week’s message.
I hope that you find this exercise as meaningful as I am.
Write out the following passage, Philippians 4:6-7, on a piece of paper.
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (The Message)
Find five minutes in the morning, over a cup of coffee or a bowl of cereal, or even getting ready in the bathroom if that is all the time you have. Read through the passage and then pray through whatever you have going on that day. Work, kids, errands, cleaning, conversations, meetings, whatever is on the docket. Ask Christ for his peace to come into each part of your days, both the planned and unplanned.
Steve closed the service by leading us through a prayer exercise and invited us to picture your “room of fear.” Sit down with a pen and paper, take some time to think about your room of fear. Write how the room feels, what kinds of things you fear, the messages you are getting about yourself and your life in this room. Be as honest as you can about the real things you fear about yourself, the real things that impact your behavior and decisions.
Then, choose someone you know and trust and bring them the description of your room. Share your feelings, fears and anxiety. If you feel like you can, ask them what they noticed in what you have described.
1. Steve described the most peaceful moment of his week as a time playing with his three sons. Was there a similar moment for you this week, when all in the world seemed right and good? Describe that moment.
2. What is ruling in your heart right now?
3. What is one area of your life that, from the world’s standards, should produce nothing but anxiety and fear?
4. What would it look like for the peace of Christ to rule in this situation?