May 9, 2022

Taylor Christensen
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Several weeks ago, I found myself doubting whether God’s way was best. Not doubting His existence, per se, but more about whether His will and His ways were worth the choices required to remain obedient to what God has for me. In a time of tension, I went back to the basics…stopping to literally write out the differences between a life in Christ and a life in the flesh…playing each one through as if to see what was the best each could offer. One common yet unique theme emerged when reflecting on a life in the Spirit compared to that of the flesh…it was full of peace. I reflected on examples, both big and small, on how even the best of the world’s ways offered me wound up with more possessions to worry about, more relationships to hurt or be hurt by, and more pressure and expectations to live up to…all resulting in more anxiousness, not the other way around.

But the Lord’s ways…the Lord’s way brings life and peace. Peace knowing my identity is secure in who I am in Christ, not what I do. Peace not regretting past mistakes but trusting in God’s plans for me. Peace in where I stand with God and others, not worrying about what others think or watching my back. There’s so much to be gained, not lost, in the peace of God’s ways.

Lord, thank You for Your peace! Thank You for Your will and Your ways for my life. Thank You for Your graciousness, mercy, and unceasing love for me that brings about peace amidst a world trying to take it all away from me.