Skip to main content

A Peace of Work and the Work of Peace


“If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.  Turn away from evil and do good.  Search for peace, and work to maintain it.  The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”

-1 Peter 3:10-12 (NLT)

I’ve been thinking a lot about this piece of scripture since I read it a few weeks back.  Something about the way that the scripture speaks of peace just really resonated with me.

To me, peace is something that I’ve never really given a thought about.  If I had to boil it down to a process, there’s a moment when you hit peace, you realize it, you pump your fist and you carry on.  Or at least, that’s the way I’ve always perceived it.

The scripture says that we must “work to maintain it”.  It may sound nerdy, but I started thinking about the science behind ‘work’.  From a physics standpoint, work is the dot product of a force and a displacement.  The displacement implies that there must be some movement behind it; some change between where you’re at and where you’re going.  Peace is something that’s dynamic; it isn’t something that’s just achieved.  Peace is something that must be maintained and it needs work.  It isn’t something passive, but rather something that is active; it’s moving, it has life.

I think about the relationships I have with the people around me, both family and friends and I believe I’m a peaceful person. 

I think about growing up at home, my relationship with both my siblings and parents.  If I look at the big picture, we hardly fought.  I can count on one hand the number of major arguments I’ve had with my parents.  There were always disagreements, but never “fights”.  The same goes for me and my siblings.  In fact, I don’t know that we’ve ever fought (if they’re reading this, maybe you can remind me if we did?).  I think it’s why whenever my friends tell me that they get into arguments with their siblings, I get curious.  How does that come about and what sort of things would you argue about? 

Then I look at the relationships I have with my friends, and the arguments are even less than the ones above combined.  But if anything, I’ve probably offended people by things I’ve said, opinions and thoughts prematurely spouted.  So if I’ve ever made anyone feel “unpeaceful” with me, I am sorry.

And then I have to think about the relationship with myself.  You know that place where the head, heart and soul collide?  This is the area in my life with the most unrest, the most fights and the most wars.  This, dear reader, is where I can say that there isn’t as much peace.  Between these three parts, one is always battling another, or, there’s a handicap match, or, there’s a triple threat match.  The internal struggle is like a prowrestling dream!

So how shall I bring peace amongst these rivals?  And what can be done to maintain it?

I’m thinking that something that needs to be maintained would require consistency, and when I think of consistency as a Christian, the first thing that pops into my mind is prayer.  Prayer needs to be continual.

And when I look at myself, it makes sense, I think that’s why there’s that feeling of unrest lately – I haven’t been praying as consistently as I used to.  It’s been playing second fiddle to the iPad or a Batman book (note: I can only hope that by realizing this, that God won’t smote the iPad or the Batman books… I’m learning my lesson, no need for drastic measures, God).  So I’ve been changing my prayer habits recently.  Rather than praying one large prayer at a certain time, I’ll pray shorter prayers throughout the day, when I’m reminded that there’s something that I need to pray about. 

Either way, I realize that I need to strengthen this part of my spiritual life.  I need focus and I think that focus will bring about peace.  But again, it’s something I’ll need to work at.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Dreamers, Achievers, Believers

It was quite a week last week. It started off on a more heavy note last Sunday, but as the week wore on, things became better and more clear. So let's do a little recap. This is going to be kind of long, so if you find this kind of stuff boring I've inserted pictures of funny cats for your entertainment. So... 1.5 Weeks Ago About 1.5 weeks ago, my friend Jon from Living Room gave me the contact info for his uncle. His uncle is an engineer and apparently was looking for new grads and new hands to hire. That week, I gave him a few calls but he wasn't there when I called him and when he returned my calls, I wasn't here either. We were playing phone tag that week *insert schoolgirl giggle*. Sunday Morning So last Sunday morning, his uncle gave me a call at 9 am (The morning! My weakness! HISS!) and we talked about stuff. I was telling him a bit about school as well as elaborating my work/coop experience as he didn't have my resume yet. So he goes on to tell

George Clooney is UP IN THE AIR!!!

So this is the last in the three movies that I was looking forward to at the end of 2009 (the other two being Bad Lieutenant and Avatar). It's hard to say which movies I enjoyed more because they're all so different, but I can confidently say that I enjoyed all three. Also of the three, this movie is the most realistic when it's all said and done. Up In The Air tells a story about Ryan Bingham, who flies all over America firing people. Laying people off is such a tough thing to do that companies that need to do so hire people like Ryan. It becomes reflective as Ryan sees his own life of isolation at odds compared to the lives of those around him. It's apt that he has such a hollow and thankless job which parallels his own life. Because he's on the road for 250+ days of the year, his own life is quite hollow; with no stable relationships, weakened family ties and no friendships in sight. In fact the first time we see his apartment, I was kind of shocked. Up

Let the good times roll!

Welcome to the revamped Billionty-Oneth Geek website! First of all, update your bookmarks and re-subscribe to the feed if you have to. I bought a domain name for my blog, and it's easy access (sort of) through www.billiontyonethgeek.com (I'm sorry that it's such a long address, but hey, here's a hug *hug*). Second of all, you might have noticed the new layout. It's a complete Lam original! I designed it from the top down. It actually took a lot quicker than I had initially thought it would. Because the coding didn't show up properly on Dreamweaver through the GUI, I actually had to code the whole damn thing. Because my knowledge of HTML and CSS were so basic, it took a lot of trial and error. What's frustrating was that there would be times where I'd make a change in the code, yet nothing ended up changing when I uploaded the code. The weird part was that I'd block off the changes, then undo it, and somehow magically the changes appeared.