I have some scenarios for you: You come home late. You've put off making cookies for an event. You need 6 dozen home-made cookies in one hour. You're frantic and distressed. On top of that, you need to make supper for the family at the same time -- supper in 30 minutes, and the meat is still frozen! There's no time! And the faster you try to cook, the more mistakes you make.
It's the tyranny of time that stresses us out. Why are we in a hurry? Ask yourself this: What if you had forever? What if your underlying stress, always, wasn't the alarming certainty that you only have a few decades left?
That's why heaven will be peaceful. It's the simple removal of the deadline. You have forever -- eternity -- to do everything. And then do everything another hundred times. Take your time. When we're allowed to take our time, peace reigns.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. During this month, as often as possible, tell yourself, "I'm not in a hurry." Advent is the anticipation of an eternal wonder. Set yourself in an eternal mood. When you're late for dinner, haven't done the Christmas shopping, are tail-gating in a temper, and are taking it out on the kids, stop. It's Advent. Time is supposed to be standing still, as all else but the One Eternal Miracle is approaching on your wintry horizon.
Peace on Earth. Goodwill to men!
(This post is part of Floss's A Pause in Advent blog sharing event this month.)