Oh here we are. The fourth week of June, the temperature rising, and the summer is in full swing. For myself, as a youth pastor, that means I have the awesome opportunity to do all kinds of exciting and entertaining trips with youth. I love this! I love the fellowship and building relationships.  This time of year gives me much joy.

However, there are times that I don’t feel so joyous. There are times when my soul is tired. How do we continue to give and tend to our soul when we feel drained and empty?

I currently saw a post on Facebook that said, “If your enemy can’t destroy you, he will distract you.” Hmm. I sometimes feel that way. That my enemy cannot destroy my soul so it distracts my attention to focus on negativity and the sense of frustration and self-doubt.

We understand as, disciples of Christ, that our lives are not going to be simple and care free however should we expect that our trials and tribulations should take over the joy that is brought to us through our relationship with Christ?  Often I find that these distractions from my enemy take over my life. I struggle with this. My peace and understanding that I get from my relationship with Christ is brought to a full on collision with my enemy. It’s a battle for my soul and I become troubled.

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

I have heard this scripture many times in my life, however, on a Thursday morning, after a couple of weeks of struggling, it hit me harder than ever before. Peace; the peace that I can only receive from the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus Christ. This is not the same peace as worldly peace or peace between individuals or countries. This peace surpasses our understanding. It takes our fears and our failures, our trials and tribulations, our anxiety and despair and tosses them to the wind; giving us comfort, love, and self-acceptance in return.

When I am consciously putting forth effort to remember that I have the peace of Jesus Christ with me I find the joy that coincides is great and amazing. I invite you to find peace with knowing you are never fully alone. Each of us is given peace from Jesus and that is surely joyous!

Tim Boyer
Director of Student Ministries