1 Peter 1:1-2
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
We work so hard to find peace in our lives, and often our efforts lead to more busy-ness. We try and create space to be calm, to relax, and yet the hectic pace of everyday life overflows into our efforts, filling our moments of quiet (if we can make them) with thoughts about what has to be done and what we haven't done. We fall short, and this bothers us as we beat ourselves up for being failures.
True peace, lasting peace, can come only from God. He grants it as a free gift to all who come to him -- and we cannot make or earn it on our own. It is a gift to be received with gratitude, and the earlier we recognize that we can find it only in him, the more we will enjoy it here on earth as we prepare for our eternal peace with God. May we cease our wasted efforts to produce what God is trying to give us.
As Augustine says, "Our hearts are restless until they find our rest in God."