Well, as you can tell from my last few posts I am having trouble keeping my mind in check, so time to revisit my series on the passage in Philippians:
… 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.
As often happens at this time of year, last night I had dinner with a team of people I have been working with. It was a wind-up, a final party, but not just for this year. It was my final dinner with a faithful team of women I have been working with for 10 years now.
It was time for me to step down from this position of leadership. I have complete peace about the decision. It is right.
right: correct or true; appropriate, suitable or proper; most favourable or convenient; in a satisfactory condition; correct in opinion or judgement; in accordance with accepted standards of moral or legal behaviour, justice; sound in mind or body
The entry for “right” in the dictionary is expansive, and I have only included a selection here. And I wonder if it is so large partly because it is so hard to quantify what is right. What is right for me to do, may not be right for you.
Whatever is right, can you think on those things? Often it is easier to see what is wrong than what is right. It is easier to quantify.
But choosing what is right for you, can often times be a tricky decision. While I am typing this post, my kids are playing happily in the playroom. It would be right to join them and play and have time of connection. Just as it is right to let them enjoy the company of their sibling without the interference of an adult. Both good options, both equally fine. But what is right for me and my family right now, trickier ground.
And I think at the heart of that is this idea of peace.
There is a verse in the bible that says: “seek peace and pursue it”.
“Whatever is right” will give you peace. Even if it seems crazy to others looking at your life. Even if it is a challenging situation that brings its own fears, you will still have peace about the course you are taking.
What does your path of peace look like right now? It can be small or big? It might be not even bothering with Christmas decorations this year. It might be choosing to enrol for that course you have wanted to do for years. It might be just going to bed early and leaving the dishes for tomorrow.
This “whatever is” passage ends with “And the God of peace will be with you”.
A statement of fact.
Take the time to think on whatever is right for you, and find peace.
Join me for the journey,