Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Shortest Way to Peace

(by Carolyn Mahaney)

While spending time with friends this past weekend, one of them read this little excerpt from Charles Bridges book, The Christian Ministry (p. 178):
"It is faith that enlivens our work with perpetual cheerfulness. It commits every part of it to God, in the hope, that even mistakes shall be overruled for his glory; and thus relieves us from an oppressive anxiety, often attendant upon a deep sense of our responsibility. The shortest way to peace will be found in casting ourselves upon God for daily pardon of deficiencies and supplies of grace, without looking too eagerly for present fruit."

I've read these words before; however, given my tendency to be anxious over my mistakes or "look too eagerly for present fruit" (particularly as a mom), it soundly encouraged and challenged my soul to hear them again. In fact, we may have even used this quote in a past post, but I thought maybe one or two of you might also be so inclined to this oppressive anxiety Mr. Bridges speaks of (especially if you are a mom!) that you too might find it helpful to read again.

Remember that the shortest path to peace is to cast yourself upon God.

"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3

Posted by Carolyn Mahaney on November 11, 2008 at 03:06 PM


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