Chaos is quick; peace takes time.
I create chaos when I hurry. I pack too much in my day. This results in clothes not put away, a desk left a wreck, and meals grabbed on the run. The house is chaos, my health is chaos, and I’m exhausted.
Peace requires time. To live a centered life means carving time to put myself before God and listen, not just talk (ever thought about how chaotic our prayers are?). Peace is found when I let the arms of God embrace me. That means I have to sit still long enough to be in His presence.
It also takes time to think through my day. The key to changing any human behavior is preparation. If I want to lose weight, I need to prepare to eat well. If I want to exercise, I have to prepare my schedule so I will have time.
Peace in relationships takes time. It takes time to understand instead of blame. Most of the anger in relationship is driven by urgency to fix this now! What if I slowed down my urgency? What if I trusted a different reality than the power of the nagging voice in my head that pushes me to solve an issue today?
It would mean I would have to clear out unimportant things, like pretending to have it all together; like trying to impress others; and like mindless time that is not restful. Then I would have time to put things where they belong. Then I would have time to listen. Then I would have time to understand.
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t do this well. But when I do, life is better in the peace groove.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14).”
The world gives you a peace that is the temporary numbing of the deepest longing of your heart. Jesus offers you a peace that centers on him. His peace calms your heart. His peace drives out fear. His peace is peace for the deepest part of your heart.
If you want true peace, make time for Jesus.
Chaos takes time too. John Wooden, the greatest basketball coach ever, said, “If you do not have time to it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
If you don’t have time to do a relationship right, when will you have time to do it over? If you don’t have time to organize your life, when will you have time to do it over? If you don’t have time for Jesus, when will you have time for a do-over with him?