Sometimes, in the midst of confusion and chaos, as adults, we don’t always do the right thing. What generally happens is that it gets worse before it gets better. As soon as one chaotic situation is resolved, up pops another one. The bottom line is that we need to act more of our ages than our shoe sizes! Colossians 4:5-6 (ESV) offers perfect advice as to how we should govern ourselves as adults: “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” When children are at odds with each other, oftentimes, they tend to solve their own simple issues. As adults, we can also learn a lesson from them as they can bring peace in times of turmoil. If you need more of a point of clarification here, take some time to read William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” wherein a couple of star-crossed lovers bury their parents’ turmoil as a result of the couple’s untimely deaths.
Children will fuss, fight, and fall out with each other, and within a few minutes they are playing as if nothing had ever happened. Then why is it that as adults we get upset with each other, usually over something very minute, and we carry that anger to our graves, risking our places in Heaven to rest with Jesus?
Take note in this illustration, “Children Bringing Peace,” of how the beauty of love and future peace for children led to a famous treaty among three world leaders:
“President Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat, and Menachem Begin gathered at Camp David in 1978 to discuss peace. President Anwar Sadat approved the peace proposal, but it was rejected by the Israeli Prime Minister Begin. There was a stalemate. The three, by now tired and emotionally drained, were about to depart without any peace accord. As President Carter and Prime Minister Begin were about to depart, they remembered that they had earlier agreed to sign photographs for each other’s families. They met on the front porch of Prime Minister Begin’s cabin for the signing. President Carter asked for the name of the children to make the signing more personal, and Prime Minister Begin reciprocated. Then President Carter decided to show the photographs of his grandchildren describing the personality of each; Prime Minister Begin did likewise. As they looked at the pictures, tears filled their eyes. What type of world would their grandchildren grow up in? Prime Minister Begin returned to his cabin and re-emerged after five minutes asking to look at the peace proposal once again.”
Always abound in the faith, and never leave home without Him!
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