We all get tired. Sometimes we feel burned out doing good deeds, being the better person, or being the one who is always there for others. It’s normal to feel burnout, but your religion is about a path to spiritual peace, not fatigue, irritability, and your own physical, mental, and emotional rundown.
How to Find the Path to Spiritual Peace
This writing pre-supposes you are a Christian, one who has placed their faith and life in God’s hands.
The good news is that you are on the right path, because Jesus, the Prince of Peace, brings with redemption and forgiveness an overwhelming sense of peace. A peace that the Bible says passes all understanding, a peace that can guard our hearts and minds.
Where is the Peace?
Yet, we run ourselves down, wear ourselves out, go above and beyond the call of duty and find ourselves worn, burned out, and living in our own turmoil rather than peace. It could very well be that some of the good you are doing, in not the good you are called to do. In this case, doing good, can be wrong, robbing you of peace.
Doing good may be wrong.
That’s a bold statement, and one for which I’ve come under attack many times. It is true, according to the Bible, that those who know to do good and do it not, to them it is sin. However, there is also a verse in Proverbs that says, “There is way that seems right to man, but the end of that road is destruction.”
Sometimes what seems right and good is not always right. It is not what God has called us to do and that will rob you of peace. It will cause you to stretch beyond your means and try to minister beyond your gifts. It may also enable behavior and lifestyles that God is working to change in an another’s life, but because we think we are “doing good” we don’t get out of the way long enough for God to work.
First steps on the path of peace.
Let go of your preconceived ideas of what you should and shouldn’t be doing and listen to God.
That’s more easily said and done, because we don’t like to listen, but the Bible mandates that we be still and know that He is the Lord our God. When we take time to be still, we have a chance to hear from the Prince of Peace who will speak peace to your heart.
Find a place to quiet your soul and find peace.
Jesus was a good example. After the multitude followed him to the mountain, when they were all fed, He sent them away and went to a place apart to pray by himself. He even told his closest friends, followers, and confidants to go ahead and cross the sea without him.
It was on the sea, in the midst of the storm that He spoke words of peace, speaking to the ocean winds and waves. Jesus said, “Peace be still.” He still speaks the same authoritative, eternal peace to our hearts. We must only listen and choose to live in peace.
Expect unrealistic demands.
Unrealistic, never-ending demands are part of life, especially when the generosity of God is shared through your heart. Life isn’t always going to be easy, but God is never going to forsake you. The God of All Peace will walk beside you regardless of the storm.
Religion will not bring peace.
Millions of people participate in a religious routine or service every week and never walk away changed. They haven’t discovered the most important ingredient to peace. It isn’t in religion. It isn’t in Church attendance. It isn’t in acting holier than though.
Peace comes through spiritual life. Until you have a relationship, not a knowledge of, but a relationship with Jesus, you will never move beyond religion to a spiritual life. Jesus will empower you to live in peace, but you have to get to know him first.
Unfortunately, religious services seldom point to Jesus. A relationship with Jesus will lift you to a new spiritual level and restore your peace.
How do I find this peace?
Expect life to be busy, plan quiet time away from the hub-ub of daily life. Seek God; ask Him to reveal Jesus and his purpose to you. If you know Jesus, spend time with him again, like you did when you first met him and see if you are not rewarded with a peace that passes all understanding.