Reflecting this Week
This week has had its moments. For instance, we’ve started meeting in the hall and school. Thank you for the grace and encouraging way you’ve set out on this journey. Let’s continue as we’ve begun, even when fatigue and annoyances set in.
Then there was the move this week by the govt to use the sails of the Opera House as a billboard to promote a gambling event. Clearly the premier didn’t listen to Josh’s sermon.
Then on a sad note, this week our CMS friends Dave and Liz barely arrived back in Asia when they got news that Dave’s mother had passed away. So now they are on their way back to Australia. Pray for them.
And, it rained. Thankful farmers across NSW. Timely too, given our Pray for Rain gathering at Nerriga.
Your week may have brought unexpected difficulty, change and anxiety. Remember, God is in control, He is good, and He can be trusted. Continue to be found in His word, pray and cast your burdens on Him.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” Phil 4:6.
If you’ve been following our series on Peacemaking recently, here is a reflection from Steve Wickham.
“We may find ourselves in situations where we would prefer not to stir up a hornet’s nest. But in leaving issues alone, they may never get resolved, and worse, simmering resentments may continue to boil”.
The third G in the Peacewise model, (as we reviewed a few weeks ago) is about going to the other person we are in conflict with.
Jesus said in Matt 18:15, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you.” Just between the two of you. No gossip. Keep it private.
If there are issues that we need to negotiate, we PAUSE. We prepare, and, in affirming how much the relationship means to us, we help make them feel safe. We then seek to understand the interests that undergird their position, the ‘why’ behind their ‘what’. Only once we understand what their interests are will be motivated to search for creative solutions and evaluate options objectively and reasonably.
By confronting issues with the motive of gently restoring other people we are in conflict with, can we hope to glorify God, serve other people, and grow to be more like Christ. Only as we courageously engage with the people we are in conflict with are we able to resist being peace-fakers and peace-breakers and go on to emulate Jesus, our Great Peacemaker”
Faith | Hope | Love
PS. Buy a chair if you can!