Do you eat Avocado? And What does that have to do with Peace of Mind? Bear with me a sec…
My youngest daughter has food allergies. To accommodate her needs, we’ve had to adjust our diet. We no longer eat dairy which created a need to supplement the vitamins and minerals we were missing. We had to add Almonds, Cashews, Kale, Spinach and Avocado. Needless to say, those were not in our daily diet. Most of them taste fine and were easy to add… but Avocado????
Honestly, I had never bought an avocado before this change. It was green, gooey, had a funny smell and I wasn’t even sure how to open the thing.
I remember the first green gooey taste was absolutely gross. I don’t think any of us liked it… except the daughter in question. But this one gross green had so many of the things we needed that we kept trying it. Day after day, for weeks and months we would at least eat a bite of Avocado.
Now, years later, it has become our favorite treat.
Thinking in the way we have been discussing is also something we have to acquire the taste for. If we keep at it, eventually it becomes natural and leads to Peace of mind (Galatians 6:9).
I have to deliberately choose to set aside negative/anxious thoughts.
There will always be things to think negatively about and criticize. I have to look more diligently to find the good in people and situations. What is interesting about this is that the more I seek out the good in others, the more easily I find it.
Is this thought Lovely?
Is there an acceptable, pleasing quality to this thought about that person or situation?
To think this way, we must learn to see past the outside of people, the way God does (1 Samuel 16:7).
Let me give you an example. I used to lose my Peace of mind each Sunday. I was that woman losing her religion in order to get the family into the Church building!
As I applied this question to my thought life I began to see a change on Sunday morning first. Instead of quickly noticing that hubby was wearing beat up old tennis shoes to church, I chose to look deeper and be grateful that after working a graveyard shift he got up and got ready at all. I chose to look on the inside and see that his heart wanted to be in God’s house, while his mind was not really thinking through my preferred wardrobe choice.
This is one example, but this question truly helped me step out of the habit of criticism and anxiety. When I am thinking of loveliness – the beauty within others, I am living with Peace of Mind.
Can I have Peace if I have Anxiety?
I want to just put this out there. I struggle with Anxiety. As we walk through this series I want to share a Free Resource with you… A 40 Day Bible Study Guide to overcome Anxiety. It helps me and I pray it will bless you!
Let me know your thought in the comments section below.
What other areas would you like to dig into? Are there verses that help keep you centered in truth? I’d love to hear from you about it!
Ps… You are in the middle of a series on Peace of Mind. To read the first post, click here “A Piece of my Mind or Peace of Mind”
See you next time to dig into what is “of Good Repute” 😉