“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.” (Psalms 34: 14)
Peace. Isn’t it really at the heart of what we all desire? We yearn for a sense of well-being, completeness, harmony, steadiness, satisfaction. We seek freedom from fear and anxiety, and a sense of feeling comfortable, confident, and in control no matter what.
Peace is surely seen in outward ideas—a calm river, a sleeping kitten, a church or temple quiet and sacred. But true peace is not outside of us, but within. It is a deep awareness of safety, of trust, of goodness. It is an inward acceptance of this moment and an expectation of grace in the next. It is, in truth, an awareness of God.
As we depart from believing in and practicing evil—that which is not aligned with God and His goodness—we can begin to realize that peaceful presence within. When we do good; when we express love and compassion toward others and towards ourselves when needed, we discover our true selves. We come into a real balance in our being. We settle into who we really are, and this is peace. It is a conscious oneness with our Source and with His intention when He created us.
Pursue peace. Actively choose to find and practice the living Truth of you. Let that gleaming gem that you are shine. Wipe off the grit of self-defensiveness, fear, and regret. Stop hiding that jewel in a box of personal limits, self-imposed or tacitly agreed to because of society’s seeming strong arm.
Seek peace. Accept its presence and power. It is closer than you think. It is the very nature of you, and so it is always right where you are.
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