Peace–– a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23)
Live in peace is a blessing gladly received and bestowed upon the living while rest in peace is assigned to our dearly departed. I want us to look at these words in a different context, one in which our physical/mental and emotional rest is involved and the type of peace we seek and breathe. Ask yourself what you do when taking a break of any kind. Does the time bring you peace or serve to fill up the space with yet another activity? Also, if this involves other parties, what is the language culture amongst yourselves; that is, what do you speak about and in what ways. How we spend our leisure time informs us of the state of peace within us and illuminates what works and what doesn’t.
Here’s something to consider. While resting, our defences are naturally down. This is a reason homes are important to people, where one should be free to be oneself without judgement or fear. The same should be experienced amongst circles of family or friends in which an undress can take place and social masks discarded at the front door steps. At these moments our spirits are highly susceptible to life-changing decisions. Here are breeding grounds for discarding or hardening old thoughts and adapting new ones. In stasis we’re closest to our true nature.
Moving away from negative environments that don’t foster growth is difficult. It takes major emotional surgery to remove oneself from an unhealthy mindset and lifestyle. Turns out the fear of choosing better for one’s rest and stepping away from people and things known and loved is more painful than the actual process. Perception is reality only until one has walked a distance in which forward movement is inevitable and a backward glance unnecessary. Along this new path, one discovers friends headed the same way.