Reflection: In a classic Peanuts cartoon Lucy says, “I hate everything, I hate everybody, I hate the whole wide world.” Charlie Brown responds, “But I thought you had inner peace.” Lucy replies “I do, but I also have outer obnoxiousness.”
If we’ve made peace with God, we don’t have to settle for outer obnoxiousness. The peace of God can give us peace that we share and choose to make, with others. In fact, I believe it’s our responsibility and privilege to do so.
Rick Warren says: “The reality is that there will never be peace in the world until there’s peace within nations. And there will never be peace in nations until there is peace in communities. There won’t be peace in communities until there is peace in families. And there won’t be peace in our families until there’s peace in our individual lives.” And although it may seem simplistic, I think he may be right!
Question: Do you think you and I have any responsibility for ‘world peace’? Do you believe that it starts with peace in our own lives? Do you believe that we can make a difference?
Prayer: Lord, as you have made peace with me, I pray that I will be able to share that peace in my own sphere of influence. And I pray that I can and will make a difference. Amen.