“Peace begins with a smile.” Mother Teresa
Yesterday, I found myself “sewing” peace but not in a usual way (hence the word “sew”). We had a Christmas celebration, and I wanted to wear my stage dress. It’s simple, modest, and black. Because it has slits up the side, I wanted to lower the slits so as not to call attention to them at a school function. Of course this was the day I couldn’t find my needle and thread, and the safely pins weren’t doing the trick. I’ve seen people use staples in these situations, but I chose double-sided sticky tape for the side seams. As I worked, I had to admit that I’d never be doing this if it weren’t to keep peace at a very conservative school.
When I was younger, I’d say that I really enjoyed creating war. I could fuss or rebel against most anything that came along. In my old age though, it seems I’ve mellowed. Peace is a good thing in my mind, and many times I find myself working hard for it.
I began to think about all of the crazy things people do to keep peace.
Apologize – Though it’s not often easy to apologize, many times it is needed. The longer we avoid an issue, the more difficult it will be to repair the damage. The other day, a couple of my friends were looking grumpy, and I started teasing around with them. Within a few minutes, I realized that something serious was wrong. I was so embarrassed about my being so insensitive. Needless to say, my apology was in order.
Avoiding the situation – Not many psychologists would agree that we should run away from our problems in order to keep peace, but the bottom line is that there are times when avoiding the situation can keep things more peaceful than confronting it.
Move – A friend of mine said that her mother is moving to a new house. It’s not just because of the bad neighbor, but it does make the move more exciting. It’s hard to believe that someone might move to a new house to keep peace, but I’ve heard it happens often.
Quit your job – It’s sad to say that quitting a job often leads to peace. Keeping peace is actually a lot of hard work, and when work is bringing no peace, some people find it easier to quit than to work harder for it.
Perhaps, if there was less controversy, there wouldn’t be such a need to work so hard at keeping peace. Jesus came into this world in a time of turmoil and is called the Prince of Peace. Knowing Him can bring us a peace that our world doesn’t understand.
In what crazy or unusual ways have you had to work for peace?