Peace comes from doing God’s will

March 31, 2010

 “Peace comes from doing God’s will.”
 I was moved when I read the above statement this morning.  We so often try to create peace in our lives on our  own accord.  We plan, organize, and implement different goals, projects, and plans that, in our heads,  we believe will bring us peace.  Even if our plans are rooted in prayer, we sometimes try to step in as the controller of the situation, and when we do this we find ourselves exhausted in our search for peace.  
As we continue to look at Jesus’ last days, we are reminded that Jesus stepped aside as the controller in his life.  Jesus chose to follow God’s will.  Jesus made a choice, which is the same one we make today.  We can choose to follow God’s will or not.  We can choose to say “yes” or “no” to what God is asking of us.  
As we see in Jesus, God’s will for us does not mean that every person around us will be on board with our decision.  Choosing to follow God’s will does not mean that we will be free from insult, betrayal, or hurt.  However, choosing to follow God’s will for us will bring us one thing–peace.  
Yesterday’s post talked about how Jesus remained rooted firmly in God, and it is because of where Jesus chose to place his firm footing that he was able to seek and to get the clarity, understanding, and peace that he searched for as a human.  
What does the statement “Peace comes from doing God’s will” mean to you? 
What is getting in the way of being at peace? 
Where do we need to surrender the control in our lives so God can usher in peace?
What does Jesus teach us about surrender and finding peace? 

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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  1. Briana

    what a beautiful reflection, Becky. Thanks for sharing!

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