The old saying goes, “We can be our own worst enemy,” and there are times it is completely true. Have you ever allowed thoughts about yourself to rob you of peace?
- A project didn’t turn out the way you desired, so you criticize every mistake.
- You were late for work because you were stuck in traffic, so you blame yourself for not having enough time.
- You compare yourself to the appearance of others, and beat yourself up because you do not have the life you believe they do.
It can be a struggle to not strip ourselves of peace when we’re having a bad day. Scripture gives some advice for these days.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, present your requests to God. And, the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Philippians 4:6-7).
“Cast your anxieties upon the Lord because he cares for you deeply” (1 Peter 5:7).
Take those unpeaceful moments to the Lord. Allow him to carry those burdens and hand you, his peace.
- You’re probably judging the project more critically than others will.
- The Lord may have an encouraging message for you during that traffic jam.
- Social media doesn’t tell the full story, so others may be having the same thoughts when they compare themselves to us.
Don’t worry. Be peaceful!