When Peace Comes
A Need for Peace
So much is thrown at us day in and day out. How do we balance it all? Is life too busy? Where can I go for needed peace? The world is full of choices and different things and people competing for our time and attention. Now more than ever it feels like life is on a fast drive. Life is speeding by on the highway.
Perhaps, for you it isn’t even your life that is speeding by at exorbitantly high speeds, but your thoughts. Is your mind crowded with thoughts that try to take over your brain? Where are these thoughts coming from? How can you watch your thoughts? How do you find peace with so much going on? This scripture in Mosiah 4:30 of the Book of Mormon explains the importance of watching our thoughts as it reads:
“But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe to keep the commandments of God and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of the Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.”
Satan tries so hard to cloud our reasoning and to grab our attention by pushing out of our lives or our minds any truly good thing. He tries to lure us in by making things appear to be good, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. So, as Satan is constantly nagging at you, how can you have any rest or peace? How can you take time out to even breathe?
Do you allow peace into your life?
Some of us thrive on this busy lifestyle, and it is when we have a break from the rush that we feel ‘off’ a little. We get so used to going at 125% that when we are down to 75% or even 100% we feel as if something is wrong with us.
I believe such was the case with me. In fact, it is the only outside influence that I can think of that could have possibly had something to do with my depression. Before I transferred to BYU-Idaho, I attended school at Millikin University pursuing a Theatre Administration degree. While at this university, I took 18 credits almost every semester, as well as working a job 20-30 hours a week off-campus, and two on-campus jobs 5-10 hours per week. Along with these things I was highly involved in service at church and had weekly game nights with a group of individuals from church around my age. I also made cookies for those games nights. There seemed to not be a pause or stop button to my life. It just kept going and sometimes I felt that I did not even keep up with the own pace of my life.
But I loved it. I was able to accomplish things and I felt worthwhile. There were a few occasions where I just needed to breathe, but I enjoyed the pace for my life. As I transferred to BYU-Idaho, I kept the rigorous course schedule as well as participating in campus activities. Once again, I kept myself very busy. I eventually found a job and was able to work and go to school. I actually transferred in time to take classes in the summer, right after I had completed my last year at Millikin. Needless to say, I was busy.
Then came fall. I did not have classes because I was only scheduled to take classes in the winter and the spring. I had a job, but that was not much. Eventually, I became despondent and depressed. I am not saying this is the reason for my depression, although it is probably one of the factors. I did not truly allow a fullness of peace into my life.
Where Peace Comes From
While peace does not come only from having time to rest in your day, it is important to allow yourself time to reflect and ponder on your life, your goals, your day, or your beliefs. Ultimately, peace comes from the Savior. He shares His peace with us through the Spirit.
We can recognize that we are feeling the Spirit of the Lord in different ways. It is specific to each person. It may include a burning in the bosom or a feeling of truth. This article explains more ways we recognize the Spirit in our lives: Have I received an answer from the Spirit?
When Peace Comes
When peace, or an added measure of peace comes into your life, please allow it in. I plead with you to recognize the opportunity that this peace is for you to come closer to the Savior of the world.
In my experience, my body rejected the change in routine. Start now, to allow time for the most important things in your life. Start now to allow the peace that comes from the Savior into your heart.
I am not asking you to completely change your lifestyle, I am just asking you to start small. If there is something you can sacrifice in order to have the Savior more a part of your life, DO IT. Do not wait. Start this moment to accept and allow into your life the peace and happiness that the Savior waits to give you.