With three girls in our home, there are hair bands everywhere—all different colors, styles, and materials. Although it can seem to Andrew and I that hair accessories are sometimes superfluous, having more than enough hair bands can actually come in handy. Why? At least with the little, tiny rubber band style ones in our home, they break easily and frequently.
There could be a variety of reasons for why these hair bands break but the simplest and most basic reason is because people stretch them too far! Someone in high school physics class might more precisely classify this reality as maximum tensile strength. Just as every material has a tensile strength, it seems that people too have limits as to how far they can be stretched.
One area where people are being stretched today in our culture is racial tension. It feels today as if emotions are at an usually high level. I will be the first to admit that we (including myself) have a lot to learn. Some things need to be said and other things do not. My aim in this brief post is not to give you guidance on what to think about the racial issues but to admonish you, as a follower of Jesus, with one challenge: strive to be a peacemaker!
Do you remember Jesus’ words in the Beatitudes when he said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt 5:9)? Making peace with others begins with peace before God. As one author notes, “This peace is the logical result of a healthy relationships with the Lord through faith in Jesus, God’s Son” (Daniel Doriani). Yet as Jesus instructs, peace must extend beyond one’s relationships with God to his or her relationships with others. We must recognize the reality that what God extended to us, we should extend to others.
Who can you show peace today? Rather than pointing the finger at others’ faults, let’s consider what we as individuals and families can do.
As a side note, if you have children in the home, I encourage you to pick up either of these excellent children’s books that highlight God’s plan for diversity.
God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell (grade level 1-2)
God Made Me and You by Shai Linne (Grade level 3-7) *My understanding is that due to such high demand, this book is completely sold out and will not be available until mid-July