Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
In 1964, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In a turbulent time, Dr. King worked for change as a peacemaker in the midst of violence, injustice, and fear. Like Dr. King, we can bring peace, because we know the source of real and everlasting peace that comes only from God.
Take your place as a child of God, be a peacemaker in your world. This is His expectation of us. This is the price of wearing the mantle of “Christian.”
We may say to ourselves, “but the problems are so big, the need is so great, what can I do that would make a difference?” Remember how many of God’s people, in Scripture and in the ages since the Bible was written, who may have had the same thoughts, yet stood alone to do the right thing. Look to the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta spoke often of the power of one and the need for personal intercession. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” The ripples she made became waves of love and change.
Edward Everett Hale, an American author and pastor during the Civil War, wrote these words in a turbulent time, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
Do all you can. Do something to build peace.
-Sue Breland, Worship for One©