One of my older sisters used to love watching the television show “Cops”. You know? Bad boys, bad boys, watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come from you? I apologize in advance for getting that stuck in your head the rest of the day. She would watch it on Saturday nights and me and my little brother would watch it with her. It was entertaining to see german shepherds chase down drug dealers and then listen to the ridiculous story they told after being caught. They didn’t even know they had drugs in their car. They just magically appeared. Seems like “Cops” was good for one of those cases at least once an episode and they always featured a “disturbing the peace” case too. Neighbors would call in about something like a couple fighting in their front yard over who took the last can of beer quite loudly and violently, so much so, that they had disturbed the peace of those around them. The cops would show up, try to figure out what was going on and do what they had to do to make things peaceful again.
It’s against the law to disturb peace. If you play your music too loudly, break into a fight at a restaurant, or throw your boyfriend’s belongings out into the yard while you’re yelling about how much of a loser he is, you could end up with a misdemeanor or an infraction. It could go on your permanent record and depending on the severity you could have to pay a fine or even serve jail time.
No one wants their peace disturbed. No one enjoys a 9 year old kicking their seat for the duration of a two hour flight, so when the 9 year old starts you either ask him to stop or ask a flight attendant to tell him to stop. No one enjoys a crying baby in a church service, so an usher will escort the mother and baby out of the service, if they aren’t polite enough to leave on their own. No one enjoys neighbors who like to play loud music at midnight, so you ask them to turn it down and if they don’t, you can call the cops.
But what do you do when your inward peace gets disturbed? You can’t call the cops or ask a flight attendant to take care of it for you, you’ve got to do something about it yourself. You are not fighting against something that is of this world, so you can’t play by the world’s rules. You can try yoga, ice cream, taking a beach vacation, or shopping, all of which may help a little, but when you really want to restore the peace, you’ve gotta transform into a cop.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (VOICE) …We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.
You can’t just let whatever it is that is disturbing your peace keep disturbing you while you try to ignore it by busying yourself with other things, you have to hunt it down, handcuff it, throw it in the back of your cop car, drop it off at the jail, and then leave it there for the judge to deal with. The judge being the Anointed One, the Anointed One being JESUS!
When your peace is being disturbed, stop whatever you are doing and take a moment to visualize yourself arresting that thought. See yourself taking it to Jesus, and then see that thought on trial. Watch it squirm around as the judge opens his mouth and peace fills the room. Watch it shrink down smaller and smaller as it’s confronted by the word of God, until it’s so small you can’t see it anymore.
If you do not take your thoughts captive, they will take you captive. When the “bad boys” are disturbing your peace, you gotta go after them and give them no breaks.
- We have been given authority to take thoughts that disturb our peace captive.
- Jesus is the prince of peace so He will always rule in favor of peace!
- Cops… not so much the show, but for the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect their communities.
- Lovely, rainy day!
- High of 77 today!
- No 100+ degree days in the forecast all week.
- Went back to sleep for an hour after my quiet time with Beau snuggled up next to me on the couch.
- Beau found an old pirate ship of Gussy’s and the two of them played with it all morning like it was a brand new toy.
- The air conditioner was back on in the kid’s classes that it was not working in last night at church.
- Gus was teaching Beau his new memory verse on the way to church this morning.
- Got to teach some sweet four year olds about the good and perfect plan that God has for their lives.
- Left overs for lunch.
- Good rainy day nap!
- Bills paid.
- Gave every dollar an assignment for the next two weeks. Having Dave Ramsey at Gateway the last four weeks has been great!
- Colored in a little bit more on our Disney 2014 savings thermometer.
- The kids took an imaginary trip to Hawaii. I love watching them pretend together. Gus has such a great imagination.
- I got to spend the afternoon hanging out with Minnie Mouse and Raphael who was protecting Minnie’s Bow-tique from Shredder.
- I got some incredible video of Beau dancing to Gus rapping. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time!
- Josh grilled yummy burgers and corn on the cob for dinner tonight… in the rain.
- Still enjoying our S’mores Ice Cream Cake!
- “Over The Hedge” soundtrack.
- AFV on a relaxing Sunday evening. I love having the whole family on the couch hanging out together.
- Made Gus his first official chore chart. He’s excited about two bucks a week and starting to save for some toys he has been eyeing.
- Food Network Star + Karate Kid alongside my favorite person.
- Pro-life bill HB2 passes in the Texas senate.
- Got in bed and remembered the amazing video I took of Gus rapping and Beau dancing and I got to share it with Josh. I laughed so hard I cried… all 5 times that we watched it.