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Grace Note for November 6, 2015

Someone has said, “Our task is not to bring order out of chaos, but to get work done in the midst of chaos.” It is easy to become frustrated by the normal chaos that accompanies life. Your desk becomes more cluttered than you prefer, you spot a book that you haven’t had time to be read, your filing system or computer files need cleaning out, you remember you need to do something but you can’t remember what it is, and in the midst of all that, your water pump goes out on your way to the doctor’s office.

The temptation is to believe a day is coming when life won’t be so chaotic and you will finally have a chance to get some things done. It’s an optimistic but unrealistic thought. Chaos is an inevitable aspect of life that will never be permanently vanquished from our lives. So rather than spend our best energy trying to eradicate chaos, let’s try to accomplish our work even when chaos surrounds us.

The peace Jesus gives is not a time of calm, but an inner peace and calm in the midst of chaos

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

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