Do what gives you peace. That is my new philosophy in life. I’ve discovered that chasing after success just for the sake of success will not give you peace and joy. In fact, I would go as far as to say that peace is the new success. If something that you’re pursuing doesn’t give you peace, then it’s not worth it. The stress, the turmoil, and pressure that comes from living outside of what I like to call “the peace-zone”, is just not worth it. But, if I chase after peace then I know I’m in alignment with God. And then everything else will be ok. Therefor I now make having peace about a situation, choice or decision my goal. It’s how I measure whether an end result qualifies as successful or not. The inner witness will guide you so that you’ll always know whether or not you’re on the right path.
Had I known what I know now I could’ve spared myself much heartache, pain, and suffering. Let me give you a short example from my own life of what can happen when we don’t pursue what gives us peace. I felt uneasy when I applied to university for a degree majoring in Accounting instead of Psychology. Psychology spoke to my soul. It felt natural. It felt peaceful. But, my head interfered with thoughts like: “you’ll make more money with Accounting.”; “It’s a shorter course, so you can start earning money sooner and you know you don’t have much money available to pay for your course in any case”; “you’ll battle to find a job with psychology?” etc. and so I registered and enrolled for Accounting. From the first few weeks when the course started I knew I had made a terrible mistake, but it seemed like it was too late to turn around.
That started me off on a road of turmoil and stress and so many other negative things. I could never find career success in Accounting because at my core I felt stressed working with numbers (in an Accounting job!). I hated almost everything about the job. No wonder I could never stay in an Accounting job and that of course affected my financial well-being and stability negatively. Just one wrong decision in the opposite direction of what felt like peace.
It took me a very long time to learn that I should rather chase after what gives me peace instead of what seems like the “right” thing to do. I believe with all my heart that if you have peace about a decision or some area of your life, then it means you are in alignment with God’s will for your life and that that will be the best thing for you in the end. What is right for someone else is not necessarily what is right for you.
Take the example of my choice in career again. Accounting is a good profession to be in. But it just wasn’t right for me. It was not what God had intended for me. But you know God, even though I took a wrong turn, He could still use the mess I created for my good. Which He has. I’m better able to run my online business because I am able to think with a business mind due to my training. Had I studied Psychology, I don’t think I would understand business concepts so easily as I do now.
I encourage you today to pursue peace, chase after peace and do what gives you peace in any area of your life.