a sense of peace

i had two significant conversations yesterday. one was over a big block burger at the penguin. the other, over a cigar.

both are significant in their own rite, or course.

the conversations were with two men. one in his 30’s, the other in his 50’s. one is out of work – got laid off back in the fall. the other guy owns his own business, and has had to lay off dozens of workers himself, and is currently bringing in nothing financially.

two decades apart, yet the same.

but it wasn’t their similar job status that i found so similar or significant. it was their faces.

they both had an overwhelming sense of peace.

sure, a good burger or cigar can do that to a guy, but this was deeper. way deeper. this was a peace that i only see on the face of a person who is content in the Lord. someone who has the utmost trust in God, and who somehow knows that even when things don’t look alright, they’re gonna be alright.

no matter what.

both men tell me that they don’t know where they will be this time next year. how much they’ll be making. what they’ll be doing. and they’re OK with that.

no, they’re more than OK. they’re actually excited.

both men, younger and older, have closely observed God moving them through an important transitional stage of life recently, and are convinced it’s the beginning of something new. something different. something exciting.

and they’re OK with it all. they are really at peace. they trust God explicitly.

and it shows on their faces.

not even a penguin burger can give you that. almost, maybe, but not all the way.

here’s hoping that most of you out there this morning feel that same peace, no matter what’s going on in your life.

don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.

his peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

– philippians 4.6-7

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3 Responses to a sense of peace

  1. Howard Nifong says:

    Awesome Jolt Jeff!! We have been going thru similar stuff the last 18 months with our real estate business’. In spite of all
    of the difficulties encountered, I know that we will be fine in the end. Thanks for the reinforcement here Brother. Great talk last week.


  2. Rachelle Watkins says:

    Great topic Jeff. So many people are struggling with this (including us) and it helps to hear something like this. Great verse also, going on the fridge!!!

  3. Markie D says:

    Better late than never… Great read and regardless of the issues it’s good to know how to receive God’s peace. This is what I needed to start my day. Thanks Jeff!

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