One of my favorite things to do is scroll through Pinterest. I can easily lose hours of my life to images of kitchen remodeling, makeup ideas, recipes (that I will probably never make…), what to wear in any season, and QUOTES. Oh, the quotes! I can quickly sift through and identify the ones that apply most to my life in whatever moment, allowing the ones that resonate the deepest to be “pinned” where I can recall them for myself at a later time.
I’ve discovered that many of the quotes that are so appealing and receive the highest amounts of pins are those that are uplifting, inspiring, and positive. “Not All Storms Last Forever,” promises one in flowering handwriting. “Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart,” instructs another. Inner peace. True love. Have faith. And, while these are definitely good things to think about or goals to aspire to, these “good thoughts” are not enough to change anything.
Sure, a positive outlook on life can bring temporary peace and happiness in situations where it’s easier to dwell on what’s wrong. But it’s superficial. It’s like eating candy that looks like vegetables – in the end, it’s still pure sugar without any nutrients.
The world is full of “good” advice, “good” vibes, “good” ideas, and “good” options to achieve “peace”. But they’re missing a very important part. True peace, true happiness, true confidence…it’s all found through a relationship with Jesus.
We can quote positive messages to ourselves all day long. But circumstances change when we kneel in prayer. When we focus on God and His plan rather than our temporary emotions. When we release those things that occupy our hearts and minds into the hands of the One who is able to do more than we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. Because, even if our situations shift like the wind, He doesn’t. No amount of positive thinking can substitute for God’s peace. And our souls rest and find real, lasting peace in His strength alone.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:16-19