Find Peace for Your Life: Become a Peacemaker

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. ~ Matt. 5:9 

Well, October is almost over. How did that happen? I hope your week was less hectic than mine. Sometimes I can be a real witch – and not because it’s almost Halloween!

 Often, it doesn’t take much to trigger stress. Hubby tries to tell me how to do something that I’ve been doing for ages (Just leave me alone!) or worse – he tries to take over.

 At work, personal agendas and issues interfere with my plan for the day (how dare they!).

 Friends seem to think their favorite causes and activities should be mine (I don’t even like that thing!). And there are the perpetual tormentors who have a smart-aleck comment for everything. (You’re getting on my last nerve!)

Add the day’s usual interruptions and you’ve been set up to get upset.

I’m not really complaining. For instance, Ed’s ‘help’ (which sometimes raises the hair on the back of my neck, shame on me) is his way of showing how much he loves me. (Yep, I need an attitude adjustment.)

People who call or drop by my office to ‘chat’ are often lonely. They want someone to talk to, someone who will listen without judgment and give positive feedback. (Isn’t that what we all want?)

Today’s article is another reminder for me – and hopefully for you as well – to stay on the peaceful side of life! Here are five Attitude Adjusters to help you cope with people who do their best to steal your peace.

  • Watch out for selfishness. It’s a lousy motive and little comfort when relationships are strained. Being ‘right’ or getting your own way at the expense of peace is not worth the price. Be willing to compromise.
  • Use the two most powerful words in your vocabulary – “I’m sorry.” Say them quickly and sincerely. An apology can quickly diffuse any situation. If you’re not sorry for your opinion, you can be sorry for the way you presented it: “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to sound so gruff.”
  • Shut your mouth. (You don’t have to have the last word!)
  • Stop the ‘poor me’ litany in your head. You are not the only one under pressure. Give grace and mercy to the other person. You don’t really know what they are dealing with.
  • Remind yourself how much you love and appreciate the other person. Well, maybe you don’t right this minute, but they ARE important in your life. Remember their value, not their vitriol. If that doesn’t work, remind yourself that GOD loves them. And He commanded us to love one another. (He didn’t say, “Only when you feel like it!”)

Let peace be your umpire, fair, foul or out, and you will “live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you (2 Cor. 13:11).

You already know that you reap what you sow, so sow what you want: peace, forgiveness, love, grace and mercy. Be peaceful. Be flexible. Be blessed.

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