We had a guest speaker at our church in May, and he spoke about the following passage: Romans 12:18 (NIV): “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Normally, when I think of this verse, I think about the big issues: respecting other people’s opinions when they differ from yours or being kind to “Weird Uncle Charlie” at family reunions. Maybe even ignoring the mean comments from friends who always love to point out your weaknesses or faults.
However, what do you think family (and friend) dynamics would look like if we took that verse and applied it to the “little things”?
- When you borrow your child’s car, making sure you are back when you say you will be so they aren’t late to where they need to go.
- Choosing to wait for that all important (to you) conversation until after your spouse (or child’s) favorite show is over.
- Putting down your phone (and walking away from social media) to give your friend (or family) your undivided attention instead of “Oh yeah? Is that right?” while your face is glued to your screen.
- Choosing to do the dreaded chore (you know the one – the one everyone in the house hates!) even though you worked as hard as your spouse or your child and your tired too, as a way to say “I love you” and thanks for all you do for me.
Do you think it’s harder (or easier) to focus on keeping the peace with the big things or the little things?
What is one thing you can do for a friend (or your family) to “live at peace” and let them know you care?
© Cheri Swalwell 2019