Be a Peacemaker
Change Can Happen
One of the great things about life is that you have the opportunity to look back in history and see how people have changed their society. When I look down on Chicago and see all the violence that is happening, I always ask for someone to take a stand and try to make it stop. Some hear me, but not many. Most people just feel powerless and don’t really know exactly what to do to help.
Throughout history I’ve asked everyday people to stand up and start the change they want to see in their community. As you read this, I want to ask you to start to think about how you can be the change. Being a peacemaker is the best place to start. When people are separated or angry or seeking revenge, someone needs to step in and be a voice of reason, hope, and peace.
Think about the role of a peacemaker and how you can begin to speak truth to this concept in your neighborhood. Here are four simple things you can do:
1. Talk about your desire to see peace and safety in your neighborhood. Talk about it everywhere and to anyone who will listen.
2. Be the light. Stand up and join with those who want more for their neighborhoods. Learn about what is going on around you to stop the violence. Find a way to be a part of it!
3. Create a neighborhood where everyone knows that violence is not accepted.
4. Support the work of the police and the churches – the ones talking with those most likely to commit violence and kill.
I want you to be part of the change in your neighborhood and your community. I want you to be the peacemaker who leads those around you into a culture of peace.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth:
1 – Learn how to be a peacemaker.Read this article from “Relevant Magazine” on how Christians around the world are becoming peacemakers in conflicted societies.
2 – This article provided by the Catholic Church provides 10 steps to take to become a peacemaker:Read it and create your own steps.
3 – Pray – ask God to give you the courage to be a peacemaker.