The Peaceable Life

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 

—–1 Timothy 2:1&2

The peaceable life is one of the most elusive objectives of all time. A study at Duke University produced the following list of behaviors that help bring us to a peaceable life. I share them with you.

  • The absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness.
  • Not living in the past. An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression.
  • Not wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. Cooperate with life, instead of trying to run away from it.
  • Force yourself to stay involved with the living world. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress.
  • Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal. Accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune.
  • Cultivate the old-fashioned virtues love, humor, compassion and loyalty.
  • Do not expect too much of yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation and your ability to meet the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable.
  • Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. Self-centered egotistical people score lowest in any test for measuring happiness.

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5 responses to “The Peaceable Life

  1. The absence of suspicion may lead to a more peaceful earthly life, but in the world today, it may be a life shorter in duration. God bless!

  2. These are true up to a point. If you’ve had a very difficult life, and have managed to pick yourself back up time and time again after life has repeatedly knocked you down, the last thing you need is someone telling you to co-operate with life, or to stop dwelling on the past. You feel what you feel. It is how you behave that matters, and if you’re suffering from depression or PTSD you’re probably not going to be able to think/behave in the same way as someone who’s had a relatively ‘normal’ life. These conditions caused by trauma and horrible events are real and disabling. Grace sets us free, but it can be a long, hard journey and I would hate to see anyone put off by (seemingly) trivialising their experiences.

    I do know what you’re saying, but I also know how callous things can sound in the ears of someone who is suffering, if that makes sense? A bit like saying ‘pick up your mat and walk!’ to someone with no legs. Grace and peace to you – no offence intended.

    • These are the results of study a conducted by Duke University. They are in no way meant to be a total end game of life. If these little thoughts are helpful , then go with them. If not, just move on to things that give you grace and strength. There is always more than one right answer.

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