~ week one ~
There are a thousand reasons to lose your peace this time of year. There is the juxtaposition of serving real need straight through the holidays and feeding/buying/satisfying me. Go ahead and be honest. Go ahead and laugh out loud if you need to. Both laughter and honesty are good for the soul. The truth is wherever you land on the spectrum of self and other centered, you will be fighting the good fight of peace from now until January 2, 2016.
The reality is most of us will have a two sided list. One side looks like supplies for shoebox stuffing parties, love bags and food pantries. The other side is filled with gift lists, holiday menus, decoration ideas and party plans. Between both lists, we have the capacity to lose our peace and purpose in the midst of so much to deliver. But, I think, instead, we can choose to breathe in small and simple.
Small living is something that has been working its way into my soul for awhile now. Small living, in part, means simplicity. Think of spring cleaning of the mind, body and soul. Think about organization; mental clarity, like first things first; clear purposes; financial order and internal peace. These are basic truths. I have learned to bring these things to the forefront of my life planning and decision making. I can say things like I have a plan, I (think) I know where I am going. Simplicity helps me stay on the course I believe God has planned for my life.
The other bend of small living speaks to living and moving and breathing as if every single moment and encounter matter. This means knowing my poeme – – or the poem that God has put in me to express in this lifetime. To know the sound, feel, space and touch of my poeme. To know that poeme can direct and breathe right into your planning and decision making. I think this is where peace begins.
Peace is something that grows within. It’s a reservoir to pull from when life kicks, screams and yells in your direction. It’s also a quality that permeates your daily grind. It comes from a deep sense of knowing on the inner spaces of your self that you are loved. You are perfectly and wonderfully designed. Peace comes from the knowledge that your imperfections have the potential to bring out the miracles in you. Peace frees you up to believe in dreams, passions and hopes for yourself and others. Peace lets you choose from what is better to best.
Peace is something we have to fight for these days. Especially as the season calls Game On. The season is committed to making your list and budget twice its natural size. Before you unknowingly commit yourself to the madness, draw from God’s peace. Find your simplicity. Find your way of living small. Find your simple path with the full knowledge of God’s desire to do far more than we can hope or imagine. That way, we will see more of Him in this season than we could ever have hoped or imagined.
By Sasha Katz