Recently Pastor Freed used this quote from the Optimist Creed in his blog, Jack’s Winning Words – “Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.” (The Optimist Creed)
Jack is an Optimist, both as a person and as a member of that organization and he embodies the Optimist Creed. If you meet him, you quickly know why.
In order to work upon being so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind, one has to first achieve peace of mind. But, how?
Our minds are seldom at rest and quite often not at peace. Why is that? I think it is because we allow ourselves to believe that we can control things going on around us, instead of just focusing upon what we can control – how we react to them. There are some things that we can control, but they are usually things that we can decide to do or not to do. The rest is all our reactions to happenings
I recently wrote a post here titled “Be at Peace” which gives away the “secret” to peace of mind – accepting God into your life. The stronger your belief, the less able things that happen around you are able to disturb that peace. So perhaps that line from the Optimist Creed should be changed to read – “Promise yourself to be so strong in your belief in God that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.”
I have noticed, especially in times of turmoil all around me, that being able to remain calm and at peace has a very disarming effect on others, especially any who might be actively trying to upset me. It’s not always easy to maintain a calm demeaner, but it is worth the effort. Perhaps this verse from the Bible will help you focus on your peace – “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Being “still” might be equated to being at peace.
As Jesus was preparing his Disciples for their lives without him, he told them many things about their future as believers in him, as recorded in John Chapter 16. At the end of that Chapter, Jesus told them to be at peace –
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)
So, believe and take heart, so that you too may overcome the world and be so strong in your belief in God that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
Be at peace.