What is the difference between a Peacemaker and a Peacekeeper?
We all know people who live and move as Peacekeepers. They will do most anything to avoid conflict. Often their actions and decisions do not help bring resolution to the larger problem but simply give the illusion that things are better.
Peacemakers work towards reconciliation in all relationships. Peacemaking is often hard work. The first step towards living as Peacemakers is to be at peace with ourselves, who we are and who we are called to be.
When you look at our world today there is no question we could use more Peacemakers.
Life has a way of pressing in and pressing down upon us.
- Stress at work, responsibilities with family, church, or other activities
- Relationship “drama”
- Walking alongside a friend or loved one in their time of need
- The 24-hour news cycle and an almost constant barrage of competing ideas and agendas
- Social media, this “great tool” of communication and building community, and its addictive push to check the near constant pings or dings as Facebook updates, Slack messages or emails as they scroll across our laptops, phones and now our watches!
Is it no wonder that there are moments when we want to scream out, “Peace, just a moment of peace … where can I go to find peace?”
If we are lucky enough to carve out that sacred space of quiet for ourselves it does not take long for people to find us and want something from us. Just ask any mom how hard it is to find that quiet time.
What are we to do?
How do we find peace in the midst of chaos?
How can we live and move as Peacemakers in this chaotic world?
Saturday, October 7th First Baptist Church of Kennett Square will be hosting a one day workshop, “SEARCHING FOR PEACE IN A CHAOTIC WORLD,” to explore these questions and more. There will be a wide range of speakers from throughout the community who will be speaking on different topics as they relate to our pursuit of restoring relationships and introducing peace into our world.
I hope you can join us for this exciting day.
For more information about the “Searching for Peace in a Chaotic World” Conference.