We are living in a war zone within ourselves. We are battling the person we really are with the person we want others to see. Our culture says that if we don’t like who we are, we have permission to be the person we want to be. Many times, though, we realize that it takes far too much effort and deep soul searching in order for that to be true. Instead, we choose the easier option of putting on a mask and displaying that person to the world.
Social media condones our masks. I can’t help but to wonder: How many selfies were in our news feed today? How many posts did we read that gave an implication the author was having the time of his or her life? How many photos were “perfect” in our eyes? This is the world we live in.
As Christians, there is an additional battle happening. We know that God can heal. We know of his strength and have been told of it. But how deep are we willing to let Him go? It’s a painful truth: God cannot heal our mask. He can’t even bless it.
There are many resources out there on finding happiness. While those do share helpful information, they only scratch the surface of the transformation that needs to be made in one’s life. Inner peace takes us deeper. Inner peace confronts the root of everything we face from our past, present, and future. It allows us to make sense of our experiences and control our perspective on them.
The most beautiful part of it all is that as a believer in Jesus Christ, peace is already within us. In John 14:27 (NIV), Jesus revealed this “gift” to His disciples.
Our issue is not whether or not we have peace; it’s about how we access it. When we face those things that are holding us back – our emotions, past hurts, insecurities, shame, guilt, worry, forgiveness (I could go on and on…) – it is only then that we can access the gift that has already been given to us. God cannot reach those deeper places and heal us if we don’t let Him. We start by taking off the mask.
My approach to finding inner peace has not been through Eastern philosophical principals, although I do find some similarities. I strongly believe that we don’t need to look to the East because our principles are in God’s Word. I also know that while it is possible for healing to happen immediately, many times it is a process that requires patience, discipline, and willingness to keep going, even when the process is painful, which is why I call this my journey. What I’ve found to be true, though, is that most times, the journey is the destination.
“My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.”