To be “at war” indicates an absence of peace. The type of warfare we are familiar with in recent history has depended upon the invention by a man named Alfred Nobel who invented dynamite. The wealth he attained through the sale and distribution of his invention ironically allowed him the opportunity to offer what we now know as the Nobel Peace Prize. Ironically, it is given to those who promote peace.
As sportmoms we want to have peace in our homes and teach peace to our children. The involvement of our children in sports, however, can compromise our peace effort. The push for fierce and competitive dispositions must be tempered with the pursuit of peace.
They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. I Peter 3:11 NIV
QUESTION: How should we then pursue peace with others?
Purposefully practice peace – when things become combative pray for a peaceful spirit.
Extend excellent expressions – offer building-up evaluations on purpose.
Allow adequate amusement – chill-out a little, let humorous thoughts arise.
Check childish chatter – avoid Cheap-shots in an effort to be right.
Expect extraordinary exchange – find points of engaging agreement.
Our daily “wars” can become pursuits of peace. Jesus tells his followers about the warfare they will face closing with these comforting words:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
PRAYER: May I rest in your peace, Heavenly Father, as I seek to pursue peace with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“True peace is not the absence of war; it is the presence of God.” Loveless
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