Not a Grammy. Or an Oscar. But they do alright for themselves
If you have trouble believing that peacemakers still exist, do some research on men and women who have received the Nobel Peace Prize. Pick one or two and reflect on the way they used their gifts to better our lives. How can you create peace with your talents?
Little books, big thoughts. (Okay, okay, we really just like the pictures.)
Children's author Todd Par wrote The Peace Book, which happens to be a very clever and mature look at the different ways peace can be made in our world. Buy a copy at your local bookstore and pick one of the book's peace examples to focus on.
Bite your tongue. (Eeewww you’re bleeding; that’s not what we meant.)
The Scriptures say it’s a pretty good idea to be “quick to listen and slow to speak” (James 1:19). But as reactionary creatures, this is hard for us. This week hold your tongue in arguments, even when you think you are in the right. Once you have listened, calmed down, and prayed about your response, then speak your mind. Be the active peacemaker in a conflict.
We actually like crayons on the wall-saves us the wallpaper hassle.
Chaos is a word most people have added to their vocabulary after having children. While endearing, children aren't known as the most peaceful of all beings. Create peace in someone's life by offering to child-sit while they go out for the night. Another option is to volunteer in your children's ministry on Sunday. Maybe some of the "regulars" would like to hear a sermon every once in a while.
The Others. (Our only shout out to Lost, promise.)
Funny, but some of the people Christians are most at war with are those in our own faith. Denominational differences have long since been a battle between churchgoers. Arrange a joint service project between your small group and the small group of another denomination. Maybe you’ll find you have more in common than you thought.
The good, The badge, and the ugly
Consider people in your town who play active roles in peacemaking: officers, teachers, civil servants, pastors. Write them a letter of affirmation, make a donation, or prepare something special to show your appreciation.
Give Katie Couric a Break
It's disheartening to view national news and feel as though you are too small and remote to have and real impact. Instead, try watching the local news as a group, and consider which of the stories you could get involved in by helping the person who is the subject.
Referees are the peacemakers on the field, but seldom do they receive anything but verbal assaults. Doesn't matter if it was a ball or strike, foul or pick, first down or turnover. Keep your complaints to yourself, and personally thank the refs when the match has ended.