when you think of peace, what comes to mind?
peace like a river....
a hike through the mountains...
a day at the spa...
This morning I was continuing to read in the Psalms as I'm still trying to catch up on my read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year goal. (The trouble with reading to achieve chapters is that I'm always a little concerned I'm going miss what God wants to tell me...)
But this morning, it was as if He bold typed a part of a verse in Psalm 34:14
"Work hard at living in peace with others."
When I think of day to day living, I think of my home; my family.
And I don't know why it's never occurred to me before but
today I realized with distinct clarity:
peace takes work.
Peace doesn't just happen because everyone wakes up in a good mood
on one miraculous morning...
or when there's a special day planned and everyone is on their best behavior.
Peace takes effort
and being intentional
"Lord, let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me"
in my heart
and in my home.