DayBreaks 02/17/11 – Recess and Marriages
In case you’ve forgotten, let me remind you how it works in elementary school. Picture two kids who are having some kind of dispute during recess. When confronted by the yard monitor, Billy says, “Joey said I look funny, that my ears look like a pig – so I kicked him.” That’s just the beginning. After that, things get worse. On the way back to class, Joey trips Billy for getting him in trouble with the yard monitor. During lunch, Billy dumps milk into Joey’s desk. Later, Joey steals Billy’s folder. As the day progresses, tension mounts and the anger and rage get worse. They meet on a back street and each gets egged on by their “friends.” A punch is thrown, eyes will swell, blood flows. This is the nature of conflict.
I said this was a scenario from elementary school. It sounds tremendously childish, doesn’t it? We think about it and say that Billy and Joey are being foolish, silly and immature. And we would be right to say that. We’re all much more mature and grown up now, right?
Are we really? What if you took out the names of “Billy” and “Joey” and insert the words “husband” and “wife” (or your name and the name of your spouse) and the story could be much the same. Or, think about the political parties and how they snipe and take potshots at one another in such childish ways instead of working to resolve the problems.
Conflict at any level is still conflict, and more often than not, it can be prevented. There are times when conflict can’t be avoided or prevented, but in most cases, conflict is resolvable, but for that to happen, it takes someone to take the first step…to refuse to retaliate, to turn the other cheek, and choose instead to seek the path of peace reconciliation.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. – Romans 14:19
PRAYER: Jesus, help us to be peacemakers, especially in our families and marriages, that we can be mature and build each other up instead of trying to make others look foolish – and making ourselves foolish in the process. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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