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Escaping Stress… Chasing Peace – Day 7


Yesterday – day 7 of my journey to escape stress – was good. Better than day 6. Ironically, I think part of the reason was that I was more tired than usual… kind of groggy all day. When I’m like that, I’m in my whatever state. Meh, whatever, I don’t care. I love my whatever mind… so peaceful.

But it wasn’t my dull mind that brought me peace. My mind was dull to the stress-machines at work, which somehow made it easier for me to focus on the real presence of Jesus. Seeing and feeling Jesus within me is what brought me peace. More often than usual, I found myself frequently closing my eyes and visiting with Jesus. One time I barely opened my eyes in time to see my boss walk in… “Sleeping on the job CJ?” That would have been slick.

And then last night… something new smacked my mind. There’s some psychological thing that says that focusing on what you want to avoid will just bring you closer to what you want to avoid. Some law of negative reinforcement thing? I don’t know. But if my goal is to escape stress, I wonder if even using that word is hindering me. Well, I believe it could. So from now on, instead of escaping stress, I’m chasing peace. Hence the title change.

And for me, the formula for chasing peace is simple – focus on Jesus, from where all peace flows. Yet the execution of this formula is the hard part. Because it requires me to change my mind. And just ask my wife; it’s hard for me to change my mind sometimes.

But bring on day 8. Peace, I know you’re out there. You can’t escape me (too cocky… chill). The caffeine has kicked in, but I’m still feeling kind of groggy… and goofy. I like it.


←Day 6                    Day 8 →



Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

9 thoughts on “Escaping Stress… Chasing Peace – Day 7

  1. Pingback: Escaping Stress – Day 6 | His Truth Will Set You Free

  2. I love that….chasing peace! We are a negative society at best. Change the verbage and we change the mindset!! Here’s to more peaceful days ahead!

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  3. Switching the mind to a ‘peace’ mode makes sense. :) Stress can get a grip on us, a firm hold, and I think it is what the enemy (Satan) wants us in, but being drunk on the Holy Spirit, God’s spirit can keep us in peace, the kind that passes all understanding. It is what I still struggle to grab hold of when I am under stress.

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    • “Being drunk on the Holy Spirit.” I love that phrase! Thank you so much Joyce. I think that’s what I was feeling yesterday at work, when I was feeling kind of goofy in the midst of the normal chaos. And I had fun making goofy comments when people least expected it.

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    • Maybe some of those people at work will ask you what you’re so ‘goofy’ about. Then you can tell them. It’s Jesus that makes me feel this way. :) What a cool way to share Him, that way. :)

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    • Yep. I have had a chance to that recently. Maybe again today. Thanks to your comment Joyce, my goal for today is to be noticeably drunk on the Holy Spirit. This is fun. Thank you.

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    • I agree. Our church uses that phrase often as it is a church that believes in ‘revival’, one within ourselves with the Holy Spirit, and the other a literal one where we see spiritual growth take place in our church and in us personally.

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