Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)
Who are those you have learned from? Your teachers, mentors, disciplers? Do you still have any? Are you still taking what you have received or heard from them and putting it into practice? If not, you are likely far from experiencing peace, let alone pursuing it.
I have been so blessed to have many invest in my life. Parents, Professors, Pastors, Practitioners, Pals. Some have lived in the same house, some on the other side of the planet. I have seen, heard, and received so much from them that I often reflect on. In doing so, it keeps me at peace. Many of them have gone to their Maker, and I can just imagine them there rooting me on in my pursuit of peace.
In them I saw how much they were “All for One” – so effectively focused on being all for Jesus. Now I want to put that same commitment to being “All for One” into practice more. Doing so leads me to prioritize walking in unity with my sister and brother rather than wrangling over the small things that separate us. Together we get to smell and taste peace, and it makes us all the more eager to pursue it so that others can smell and taste it as well.
Lord, let this reader and I be “All for One”, and may we take the time to reflect upon what we have learned from others, and put it into practice along the path to pursuing peace.
This is the fifth in the “Pursue Peace” series of blog posts.