“Stress happens when your mind resists what is . . . ” said Dan Millman. Stress is real and there are a lot of factors that contribute to this. There is much that is going on in the world that makes you cry out or want to cry out, “say it ain’t so.” In addition, you have loads on your plate with all your various responsibilities and commitments that cause you stress. Life is not simple, it seems. There is a lot of stress and the absence of clarity and peace.
Hindrances to clarity and peace
Is life really that stressful, though? Is there something that your mind may be resisting that could open the way to clarity and peace? What could give you a win on such a path?
In this world of seemingly infinite possibilities, we often resist the limitations of our bodies and minds. Is this you? Technology allows you to do things at an accelerated pace. You can do multiple things at the same time, on the surface at least. There’s the computer, the smartphone, and other devices that allow you to multitask at warp speed. Add to that all the devices you can have going at the same time.
In addition, you can jump in your vehicle and quickly zip from place to place in a short time, especially if you use the highway. Better roads and faster vehicles make this possible. If you have children, you can easily get them from activity to activity, just like that. Yes. It’s a recipe for stress and you can make it and consume it.
Moving to clarity and peace
Here’s the truth. You, as a human being, are the same as you were before all these advances and . This is so even with all these changes and the ability to do many things quickly and seemingly at once. As long as you keep resisting this limitation, you will be stressed. You will try to do too much, too quickly, and you will eventually crash and burn. To accept this is to be ready to start on the path to clarity and peace.
Here’s another reality. You need help sifting through the myriad possibilities in your life so that you do have clarity and peace. You may say that you do not. That is quite possible. Most people do, however. If you are accept that you do need help, know this: The same Jesus who said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28), stands ready to help you. If you accept this help, you will be a winner.
Winning on the path to clarity and peace
What does winning look like on the path to clarity and peace? It means praying and asking God for guidance through Jesus Christ. Listening is a big part of this praying. It’s pointless going to God for guidance with a full agenda that you want God to bless. I talk about this in How to Pray: Living Wholly Through Honest, Surrendered, Heart Praying. In the same vain, it is useless to ask God for guidance if you are not prepared to listen and then do what God says.
Winning on the path to clarity and peace, therefore, means surrendering to God rather than resisting. It means accepting that God knows what’s happening and knows you better than you do. Thus, in the midst of the multitude of choices and possibilities, you simply stop and say, “Lord, what would you have me to do?”
Can you do that? Are you ready to win on the path to clarity and peace?
Experience God more fully through honest, surrendered, heart praying and live with greater clarity and peace.
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