It’s 2014, and it’s time for a takeover. I’m hacking my life. Care to join?
There’s one thing I can be sure of — this year, like every year, will hold its share of challenges. But, I’m determined to adopt some “life hacks” this year that will make the journey a bit less chaotic. A “life hack” is making a simple change that makes a seemingly difficult task much easier.
If you’re anything like me, when someone says “life hack,” you think of tricks like this:
Or maybe this:
How does this relate to God or the challenges we’ll face this year? I propose we make a simple change that can alter how we react to this year’s challenges. This year, my life hack will be to choose peace.
You and I have no clue what we’ll face this year. But, we can be proactive. We can choose peace NOW before we’re in the middle of a challenging situation. How? Let Christ’s words set the example. As our Prince of Peace was nearing the time when he would be betrayed by his friends and yield to death on the cross, he gave the disciples some advice:
“In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” (John 16:31-33, Message Bible)
Take heart. He’s got this. He’s already conquered the world. The verb “to conquer” means “to take control of by the use of force.” Let his peace take over!
We can fully trust that even though our journey in 2014 may not be easy, it will be sweet because of whom we’re walking with — the Prince of Peace.
I choose to walk with him … with peace.
Ashley MarchandAshley Marchand serves as a worship leader at Capital City Church and serves on the BY Lead team. She loves cooking for her friends, dancing to pretty much all types of music, and social activism.