“What man is there who desires life
And loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit
Turn away from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
Psalm 34:12–14

You have a drive, a passion deep in your soul? Do you desire life—abundant, joy-filled, fulfilling life—and want to love the days you are experiencing? Do you want to see—really see—the good of your day, the good of your moment, the good of your “normal”?

Seek peace and pursue it.

When I __________, I feel God’s pleasure.

  • Is there conflict in my life, or the lives of the people I love?

  • What would “pursuing peace” look like in this situation?

  • In seeking peace, are there words that I should not say?

  • In doing good, are there words that I should absolutely say?

  • How can I pursue peace today?

Seek Peace and Pursue it (Psalm 34:14)

My day would be filled with so much purpose and passion if I took this as my cry: “Turn away from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.”

Henry Blackaby, author of the classic “Experiencing God,” put it this way: “Ask, where is God working right now? And go join in!”

What does this mean for me? Well, the house is currently quiet, my coffee cup empty on my right, Bible open on my left. Three kiddos will wake up at any moment, and my focus will transition from thinking good and spiritual thoughts about seeking peace, to actually pursuing peace as I shepherd three children, six and under, to turn away from evil and do good. Where is God working right now? For me today, He is working in the lives of three children as we go about responsibilities, school, and dentist appointments.

So I ask you: Where is God working in and around you right now, on this regular, normal, beautiful, divinely-crafted day? What is one step of action you can take right now to faithfully respond to God’s prompting?

Go join in!