Peace. This is one of the fruit (and there are several) that the vast majority of us see and nod our heads knowingly. We understand this fruit. We would say Peace is when no one is fighting. No war, no conflict. Peace is a settled world. When we’re stressed out, we even call for “Peace and Quiet”, right?
But while we have a concept of peace in our minds, few of us would say that we have peace of mind. Ask most people today if they’d consider their lives peaceful and you get sort of a confused, glazed look for a moment, then a few muttered excuses.
Or, if you ask a parent, you just get laughed at.
Peace in our day-to-day life? Most of us would agree… not likely.
And beyond that, we’re certainly aware peace is a rare thing in our larger world. Between the ongoing War on Terror, the Kony 2012 stuff and ceaseless crime-reporting in the media, the ever-uglier election battles, everywhere we look we see unrest. Discord. War.
So… here’s this fruit of the Spirit. Peace. Is it a pipe dream? A nice theory but just not practical in today’s hustle-and-bustle world? I say, No. We can find peace. We can be a peaceful people. Peace is right here, among us, waiting to be grasped. And it’s not that we need to work harder. We need to work smarter.