"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
When I was in 1st grade, I had an art teacher who worked part-time as an art teacher and part-time as a witch. In first grade art class, each students gets at least one piece in the art show. I was the worst at art. Seriously... I was the worst. I crafted this super cool clay dinosaur that didn't look like a dinosaur at all. It had three legs and no distinguishable body or head. It was awesome! Needless to say, my art teacher wouldn't let me put it in the show. So, I was the only kid in the class who did not have a piece of artwork in the art show. At that time, art didn't make sense to me. I had no natural inclination for it and I really really hated spending the time to craft anything. Interestingly, much of what I do nowadays involves art. Photography, graphic art, and videos are a large part of how I communicate about God. Why is that? What changed?
I think the first thing to change was my posture toward art.
For so long, I hated art because of one bad experience that left me embarrassed. When I opened the door for art to come back into my life, I was never the same.
Sometimes, crafting peace can feel a little bit like that. Many of us have been hurt because we have tried to craft peace and felt like it didn't go anywhere. Some of us have wounds, heartbreaks, and severed friendships because we were trying to make peace and it was not reciprocated. For many of us, just hearing the word "peace" outside of the context of internal peace from God makes us cringe up. Why would we put up such strong defenses against something so central to life in the Kingdom of God?
So, will you ask God to change your posture toward peace today? Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you will be made to be a master craftswoman or craftsman for the peace that God's Kingdom brings to Earth. When you open the door for peace to come back into your life, you will never be the same.