Can I Just Get a Little Peace & Quiet?

Ever heard yourself mutter these words? We all want peace and quiet from time to time, don’t we? Why, then, is it so elusive to find? Could it be because we are looking in ‘all the wrong places?”

As summer winds down and ads remind us of the beginning of school season , many are realizing their summer has flown by. As for me, I have enjoyed the days but trying to find peace and quiet at the pool has proven to be a bit more challenging this year.

It appeared to be a perfect day to relax at the pool. It was a Monday and only a handful of people were in attendance.

“Ah, this is going to be great,” I thought as I settled into my lounge chair and pulled my wide-brimmed hat over my eyes. But oh no. It was not meant to be. First, the guy next to me starts playing music on his phone, despite the sign that says “No audible electronic devices without headphones.” 

Grrrrr.

“Ok, maybe this is a test then.” Don’t you love these tests the Lord gives us? Kind of like a pop quiz back in high school. You never know when the teacher is going to spring one on you.

“I am going to stay calm, peaceful, and relaxed, despite this distraction.” I put on a set of earplugs to help muffle the sound and settle in. A few minutes later….

The maintenance guy starts mowing the lawn with his extremely loud whatever it is.
Grrrrr. Grrrrr.  I turn up the volume on my ipod nano.  “That’s two,” I’m thinking I’ve got this test aced. Until….

The garbage truck starts to unload the dumpsters! By this time, I was at wit’s end as they say.
I sat straight up in my chair and said “What do I do now, Lord?” albeit a tad frustrated. You know what I did then? I burst out laughing! Yup. The devil just hates it when he has done everything he can think of to get our goat and we laugh at his antics.

Laughter is one of our greatest weapons against frustration and losing our cool. When the back of my neck starts to tighten up, I know it’s time to lighten up and not take things so seriously. In my book, “The Power of Faith”, I have a quote that says “Laughter is the sunshine that chases winter from the face,” by Victor Hugo.

Moral of the story: we can search the world over but peace is always found in the Lord. Jesus promises us ” My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives” (John 14:27) because he knew we would never find true peace in this chaotic world of ours.

Where are you looking for peace? If it’s not working, may I humbly suggest you try Jesus? He is the REAL THING! Until next time, keep smiling and keep looking up!

Talk Less, Listen More

People like to talk. I think that’s why social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and cellphones have become so popular. People want to talk about what’s on their minds and what’s going on in their lives and there’s nothing wrong with that – to a point.

Gender doesn’t seem to matter. It has been said women talk more than men but I know several men who can out-talk a woman any day of the week. It seems the more free time someone has on their hands, the more they like to “shoot the breeze”.

But sometimes I long for good old peace and quiet. Seems like it’s a rare commodity these days. Yes?

Did you know that the Bible has a lot to say about talking. See what you think about these nuggets of wisdom.

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” (Prov. 18:18)

Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19)

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint and a man of understanding is even tempered.” (Prov. 17:27)

Basically, speak only when necessary, avoid unwholesome talk and use words that are uplifting and edifying to the hearer (Eph. 4:29). Sometimes that’s quite a tall order, wouldn’t you say?

The truth of the matter is that we could all, yes, that includes me, use more practice in listening. As I used to tell my kids, “That’s why God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

So, what do you have to say 🙂 Are you a talker? Do you like to chit chat for hours on end? Or are you one of the silent types who barely utters a word? The goal of this post is to encourage us all to strive for balance in our speech because silence truly is golden.

Until next time, keep the faith and keep looking up!