Tonight, I don’t have a lot to say about things (well, I could type all night but will spare you). However, there has been one word that has been resounding in my mind all day. Peace.
I don’t know why, but I feel like there may be someone reading this tonight who is in the midst of a storm and needs to find the peace that passes all human understanding. Not the peach the world offers through pleasures, diversions, and denials. You’re needing the peace that comes from within that no man can take from you.
If that’s you tonight, be encouraged that God is with you. He hears your cries and knows your tears. He will look over you and shadow you from the heat of the day and bring light to the darkness. He knows the plans He has for you and those plans are for your good. He wants you to find peace and to be whole.
Rest in that assurance. It’s the only place I know where true peace can be found. Just open your arms and heart to Him and He will bring His grace to your situation; no matter what it is. He will bring rest to your soul and calm to your storm. Trust in Him with all your heart, and He will make your paths straight…
This week has proven to be a great week, and a busy one. The first half was spent in Tampa, FL for business training where I was able to connect with my teammates from around the country. The training was mostly technical and around the future of what we’ll be selling.
During our training, a common phrase used was, ‘Not to get too far down in the weeds’. Meaning, not to get too detailed and specific about a technical point that would take away from the larger picture we were discussing.
For whatever reason, it rang out in my head every time the expression was used by one of the presenters who was chasing a rabbit after one of our team asked them too many questions about a small point. It was as though there was a lesson there for me. Often in my line of work, the importance of paying attention to detail could make a million-dollar difference either in favor of or against the company. So, you can imagine that I tend to pay more attention to detail these days.
Although paying attention to detail is crucial in my job, in life it can cause one to be myopic (single-minded and focused) and miss out on the bigger picture by being distracted with the insignificant details instead of seeing the broader picture.
I know, we’re all created (‘Wired’) differently and that certainly plays a role in what we do in life. Some people will never be a visionary automaker because they’ll get caught up in how a stereo knob turns. Others will never become engineers because they’re too concerned about what color the product is supposed to be. But, even though we’re all different, it doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from each other.
The visionary would do well to listen to the engineers who tell them the product needs to be corrected before selling to the general public (i.e. Tesla). The engineer would do well to listen to the visionary who can guide them in the correct route to take through the development stages helping to create a product that beats out the competition.
For me, not getting too caught in the weeds helps me to see beyond myself. It helps me to look past the problems I may think are big to see that I’m not alone in this world; others have problems even bigger than mine. In fact, getting past the monocular focus helps me to find peace, hope, and a little less stress by not focusing on the negative. It helps me to see the positive in a situation too.
If you’re struggling to get out of the weeds in your life at times, I want to encourage you to step back and take a look beyond the small issues that tend to consume us all. Sure, those weeds are important and could be hiding something dangerous, but if we miss the larger picture, we may be missing out on a lot. The key is finding a balance. Finding that balance, with God’s help, will make you more aware of the details in the weeds and allow you to enjoy the view more than you could ever have imagined.
Tonight, there was one thing on my heart. Although it’s Spring Break for many of us, there is still plenty of stress happening in our lives, whether at work or at home. Stress can destroy us emotionally and physically. It’s one of the toughest things to deal with.
I try to channel my stress in ways that are constructive like focus at work, walking with the Mrs., enjoying a sunset (not many of those lately), or just spending time relaxing while sharing a good movie with the Mrs. Still, the stress comes back.
For those who know me, I’m really am not a worrier. I don’t sit and mull over things again and again. Over the years, I’ve learned to take challenges for what they are and not make them bigger in my mind than they are in real life. Still, the stress comes back.
Sure, I have allowed myself the occasional non-productive ways to deal with stress like staying up too late binge-watching a good show on Netflix, eating too many of those York mints, or just acting like a total goof annoying the Mrs. to no end. Still, the stress comes back.
The reality is that we’ll always have stress. Jesus didn’t promise us a life without it. He said to us a long time ago, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble (stresses). But take heart! I have overcome the world.” He didn’t promise us a rose garden, but He did promise us His peace.
His peace is all we need. Sure, some of the natural ways of dealing with stress help, but in the end, the only real way of dealing with it is through His peace that overcomes all the stress that keeps come back again and again and again. Tonight, if you’re needing His peace in your life, take a moment to ask Him to fill and touch your heart with it. He will give you His peace beyond anything we can do to deal with the stresses we face. He will not only give you peace, but He will lift any of the burdens you’re carrying too. We just need to ask…