“In the beginning God Created”
This phrase is what starts it all, “God Created”. Genesis 1:27 says,
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
If God is the creator and we are created in his image, we are also to be creators.
When you think about creating what do you think about?
These are a few of the examples that come to mind for me. I then start thinking about my place in these fields. I am color blind so painting is out of the question, my best sculpture was made in third grade and lives on my mom’s book shelf (you know the place all mothers put things they could only be proud of because their child made it). The most hope I have at being a creator is found in my mediocre musical abilities.
I have been challenged lately to expand my Idea of creating. Jesus says in Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Peacemakers. We are called to be peacemakers. The word maker is synonymous with creator. We are called to be peace-creators.
The question I ask myself is, how can I create peace?
The first thoughts that come to mind are the huge ideas, ending war, racial reconciliation, creating peace in our government. How am I supposed to have a large impact on systemic issues such as these?
Let’s shift our focus. How can we create peace in our own lives, with our family, with our neighbors?
While we may not be able to have much influence on the systemic issues, I choose how I interact with my wife, my neighbor, and my friends.
Creating peace is just one way we have been called to create, but it is an ever important calling.
Creating peace starts with you. Here are three practical examples
1. Pray for unity in your community, family, and house.
Peace and unity go hand in hand, both of these qualities are contrary to our natural disposition. Praying for peace and unity is a great place to start. Without God our attempts are fleeting at best.
2. Don’t be afraid to admit fault.
Often times our own egos get in the way of creating peace. Having the humility to admit our own misdoings, or presuppositions is a great way to begin bridging the gaps with our neighbors and friends.
3. Always seek to forgive and to be forgiven.
In order for peace to grow we must be rooted in forgiveness. If we expect forgiveness we must first be willing to forgive others.
-written by Dallas Cooper, Volunteer Coordinator @ IDES