Food for ThoughtPeace Makers
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living

by Joyce C. Lock

Some of the most beautiful people in the world are known as "peace makers".  They're often labeled as lazy because they don't match the energy an drive of a doer.  Instead, they're more likely to rise to the occasion out of care, compassion, and concern.

The peace maker is tender hearted and generous (with a heart of gold).  They're the type we're drawn to when we need a listening ear or some sort of help.  There's a sense of serenity in their presence because we're most likely to be received unconditionally.

"Near to the heart of God" can often be said of a peace maker, as they're relationship with God is often quite intense.

The peace maker is just that, a PEACE MAKER.  Though they're often quite successful in their profession, their personal life is far from beautiful.  They have a tendency to get crapped on, manipulated, taken advantage of, and used ... to back down from most any stand, reject a higher calling, do whatever it takes for the sake of peace.

Being emotionally bound, the peace maker may have great difficulty in making or keeping a commitment (as their emotions change at least daily).  And, whatever commitment is made may be overruled by the objections of another.

It seems sad that the peace maker has so much more to offer, yet lets fear of adversity rule ... that everyone else gets to call the shots for their life, while they ache inside for what might have been.

Perhaps we could be more sensitive in considering the plight of a peace maker, to not push our will on them and not to hold them back.  We might gradually teach and guide them to become stronger in taking stands, drawing on their faith in God to see them through.

Otherwise, when they stand before their Maker, there'll be no one standing by their side - no one else to blame.  When God asks why they didn't follow His callings, their only answer might be,  "Well, I thought about it."  Then, God just might turn to us and ask where we were when the peace maker needed us.

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.