Peace of Mind, not "piece of mind"

One day, while serving in the armed services, I reacted emotionally to what I considered a gross injustice and impetuously gave my senior officer a "piece of my mind." In my outfit such a serious breach of conduct was unthinkable. He could have given me a severe reprimand. But instead he just calmly caught my eye for a moment, and then, without a word, turned and walked away. Of course, my anger melted instantly. Later my apology was graciously accepted and the incident was forgotten. But I was deeply humbled and learned a lesson that no reprimand could have taught.

The lesson? To maintain a more spiritually poised attitude; to subdue impetuous reaction; to embody such Christlike qualities as patience, forbearance, humility, and love; and to base my thinking more consistently on an understanding of God as the one infinite Mind, that same Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus." Phil. 2:5.

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May 5, 1986
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