Ah, Peace on earth, Good will to men. I would love that. A world where everyone loved and respected on another, valued each other, and did all they could do to live at peace with one another. I think that actually only lasted for a short season in the Garden of Eden way back in the beginning of our Biblical history. It’s a fabulous way to live…………but nearly impossible when humans are added to the mix.
With our humanity comes competition, envy, drive for power, and the desire to conquer. We’ve seen this down through the ages. However, with humanity also comes kindness, a giving spirit, willingness to compromise, and the desire to help others be better. But, it’s a fine tension.
Do you believe that change in the world begins with us? Do you believe we can influence peace at all? How can I make a difference? In elementary school I was in the Glee Club and we sang a song that started like this: “Let there be peace on earth and let if begin with me…..” I do believe we can impact the world around us!
As we all enter this new year where there will be much good and yet also much unrest, let’s all be people who encourage others, smile at our neighbors, reach out to those in need, and share the true hope that we know we have in God. And if we find ourselves in a place where we have to stand up for what we believe or stand against those with whom we disagree, let’s speak the truth in love. The shouting matches of 2016 did nothing to promote “peace on earth”.
I wish you a 2017 full of impact, influence, joy, legacy, and yes, peace.
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
~ Albert Einstein