Peace Be With You (And Me) | Have A Little Faith with Nadia Bolz-Weber
Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s life lesson for today? Cut the middle man and own your peace of mind.
[MUSIC PLAYING] - When I have a<br>relationship that's broken and I have tried to do<br>what was mine to do-- apologize for my part, try<br>and keep an open heart-- and they won't go for it. When I offer them peace<br>and they do not receive it, I don't then tend to just<br>peacefully walk away. Usually I become obsessed with<br>all the ways they're wrong and all the ways I'm wrong. Neither of which<br>feels too great. And I tend to think about<br>all of it way too much. It's like I rent out free<br>space in my head to them, free rent for a hostile tenant. But Jesus said this thing<br>that gives me pause. He said, whatever house<br>you enter, first say, peace to this house. And if anyone is there<br>who shares in peace, your peace will<br>rest on that person. But if not, it<br>will return to you. Which makes me wonder. Man, how much do we<br>allow other people to be the source of our peace? Like, you have peace when your<br>boss gives you enough praise. You have peace when you're<br>sure none of your friends are unhappy with you. You have peace when<br>your teenager is making all the right decisions. You have peace when<br>you just completely isolate yourself from<br>others, and that way they can never hurt you. But it's not helpful<br>to make other people the source of our peace. Because they were<br>not really the source of your peace to begin with. Because God and God<br>alone is our real source. And, I mean, that's not<br>just religious jargon. I mean it quite literally. You came from the breath of God. There is that within you. The very image of God that<br>can not be hurt by rejection, it does not mean that the<br>rejection that happens in our lives won't hurt. It means it simply<br>cannot hurt what matters.