As I began deleting all my unsolicited emails this morning, one caught my attention. It was titled, “The gift of peace of mind”. I had to see what they thought they could sell me that would give me “peace of mind”. It turned out it was fireproof boxes for all my important paperwork. Boy, that was a letdown.
Then that reminded me of a chipmunk who has a false sense of security about what he is going to eat this winter. Little bundles of sunflowers pop up all the time around our place. This poor unsuspecting chipmunk goes around burying sunflower seeds the birds knock out of the feeders. He is going to be surprised when he goes back to get those seeds to eat this winter and they are not there. I do not know what he will think. But I know the truth.
Some think taking away others’ guns will give them peace of mind. Some think having a gun gives them peace of mind. Some think money will give them peace of mind, and those I know with money tell me it does not. Some think a bunker stocked with food and water will do it. But I know the truth. Society does not offer peace of mind. And when you have been duped into thinking that is what you purchased, by the time you realized you did not get what you thought you were getting, society does not offer a refund.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.… Philippians 4:6-8
“It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and good people who have learned the great secret of life. They have found a joy and wisdom which is a thousand times better than any of the pleasures of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians. . . and I am one of them.” ~ Cyprian
Now you’re climbin’ to the top of the company ladder
Hope it doesn’t take too long
Can’tcha you see there’ll come a day when it won’t matter?
Come a day when you’ll be gone…
~ from the song Peace of Mind by the band Boston