As we remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. every January, I thought it only befitting that I honor him and his legacy of PEACE with my personal search for peace in my life. My pursuit started when some years ago, I realized that I was really tired of being “sick and tired!” Sick and tired of all the drama and stress that had become a normal part of my everyday life. I came to this realization only because I finally took the time to take a good long look at myself and my relationships which included both those at home and at work and I didn’t like what I saw. It was at that point that I made a conscious decision to start diligently seeking to have peace in my life and in the midst of my relationships. But how do I do that? I started referring back to the many lessons learned through all of the ministries that I have been privileged to be a part of over the years since I started seeking a personal relationship with God. And one common thread that connects all of them is the fact that I can find the solution to how to handle the issues in my life if I just rely on God’s word and to also be willing to accept responsibility and face the truth about my disobedience to it. Once I
started reading and studying His word, I realized that most of us (including me at the time), don’t know that we have actually already been given peace. “What,” you say! Yes, it’s true. The problem is that we don’t know how to apply it in
our lives. Ok, so now I realized that I had to re-think how I was praying. Instead of repeatedly asking God to give me peace (something that I already have), I had to start asking Him to help me with being able to maintain peace when I am faced with challenges and met with opposition.