Yesterday was one of those days -- you know the ones where you just want to crawl back in bed well before the day is over. I woke up to a mess made by a dog with an upset stomach. We followed that with a sick child and a car that wouldn't start. I spent well over an hour in the doctor's office to get sick child some antibiotics for her sinus infection, then went to pick up her prescription and some Sudafed. When trying to buy the Sudafed, the pharmacy technician informed me that my driver's license was expired, which means no Sudafed and I have to give up a half day of my life to go get it renewed. All this before noon.
With the holiday, my younger daughter hasn't been to school in a week. I'm behind on meeting my work deadlines. I haven't even begun to touch the Christmas decorating, and now I have her cold. Oh, did I mention we're learning about peace in my Bible study? Everything that's happened in the past few days have been peace stealers. The temptation to throw up my hands and sit down for a good cry is overwhelming.
Too often, it's not the big stuff that trips us up. It's the little stuff. It's the expired license, the sick kid, the messy house. In this season of peace, it's really easy to let these little things erode our sense of peace. I think one of Satan's favorite tools is to load us up with little nuisances to steal our joy and peace.
When the angels announced Jesus' birth to the shepherds, they said, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests" (Luke 2:14). God's favor rests on us. When we chose to follow Jesus, we became "those on whom his favor rests." That means we have access to God's peace. All we have to do is tap into it.
God wants us to have peace. He doesn't want us to be overwhelmed by the little nuisances of life. He wants us to have abundant life. He wants us to celebrate His Son in this joyous season. He wants us to keep our eyes on Him instead of letting them be pulled away by the things Satan throws at us. He wants us to be filled with peace.
Our kids learn a lot from us about how to react to their circumstances. If we allow the little things to steal our peace, then we teach our kids that the little annoyances of life are bigger than God. However, if we allow God to fill us with His peace even in the midst of the little stuff (and the big stuff), we teach our kids that God is bigger than anything Satan can throw at us.
What's stealing your peace today, and what are you teaching your kids about how to deal with the little annoyances of life?
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