Be a peacemaker in your world
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:43 am
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Jesus in Matthew 5:9
Ok, that’s fairly straight-forward stuff, isn’t it?
No asterisk suggesting you consult the bottom of the page for further clarification like “…providing you also do this, that and the other.”
Nope, just a simple statement from Jesus that God gives joy to peacemakers by considering them his own children.
If, like me, you’re currently feeling troubled and helpless at news of strife and death in our own community, the Middle East, eastern Ukraine and elsewhere, perhaps you can use a shot of encouragement.
So I suggest: commit to using news of discord as opportunity to sow measureable seeds of peace in your world.
Lately, I’ve chatted with numerous people who’ve expressed significant angst over recent headlines – the missing grandparents and boy here in the Calgary area, the seemingly endless dissension and killing in West Bank/Gaza Strip, the horrific destruction of almost 300 people on the Malaysian Airlines disaster, etc.
I’m encouraged to hear so many are not content to merely shake our heads in disgust and ask “what’s for lunch?”
I applaud those in Airdrie who initiated a search party to help look for Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents.
Yeah, I get why police eventually asked them to hold off but full credit to those who with every good intention wanted to actually “do something” as opposed to merely sitting on the couch and continuing to channel-surf.
With the number of five-year-old children in this city, we need to cheer on those desiring to be vigilant in protecting their interests.
So think with me – let’s commit to using news of horror as an incentive to sow measureable seeds of peace in our own worlds.
That may be as simple as striking up conversations with those new neighbours you finally get a chance to engage during these months of summer.
Organize a block-party where you can learn who’s who and who belongs where.
If the best defence is a good offence, proactively sowing seeds of harmony and good-will with your immediate neighbours is most wise.
Next time you’re in Tim Horton’s and members of the police force, sheriff’s staff or ambulance team enter, get up and buy their coffee as a means of expressing your sincere support and appreciation for their roles among us.
Why? Because like Jesus suggested, even a small investment pays huge dividends.
Tim is pastor at Faith Community Church. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org