Thursday, December 17
A steadfast mind is a key ingredient of peace. Here are a few synonyms for steadfast: unwavering, unfaltering, resolute, committed, dedicated, unswerving. So, if I read this right, finding peace is up to you and me! At Christmas, maybe more than at any other time, distractions abound. It’s easy to think running away or just canceling Christmas would eliminate the chaos of the season. But is all the busyness the problem, or is it a state of mind?
What are you thinking about? What is capturing your attention these days?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:8, 9).
Did you catch it? Look at that list: true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy. What an amazing Christmas list of words to focus your thinking! As you start your day today, try to match each word with something wonderful about Christmas, and remember that the God of peace has promised to be with you as a reward for your steadfast mind. Even in the Christmas chaos.