One of my favorite sports is football because of the number of people it takes to make even one play successful. It’s such an important reminder, especially in this year that we’re navigating through, that we are part of a team, we do need the other players on the team to help us with things we’re not capable of doing including help our lives run smoother, and we have a responsibility to contribute too. Today on International Day of Peace the UN is using the theme of “Shaping Peace Together,” encouraging and reminding us that it’s only together that we’ll be able to achieve a level of peace that empowers us to make the world a better place, one where we’re not constantly trying to rebuild.
Can you imagine if we had been in the middle of a war when the virus started to take over our world? It’s been difficult enough to be working through the many racial injustices and natural disasters we’ve faced this year, I can’t imagine if our nation or other nations were also sending men and women into war or that there were families in danger zones. I suppose it’s a small thing to be be thankful for this year in a year where there have been so many challenges.
Looking at the Bible one of the things that has always stood out to me is the huge variety of people that God taps to contribute. He uses big players, small players, people who aren’t known by name by most even if the story they’re part of is well known, people whose very small actions played a role in the lives of some of God’s bigger players, and of course tons of teamwork (even if the players don’t see it as teamwork).
Mark 16:15b says “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” One of the big topics that the New Testament tackles is that Jesus blew open the door on who was welcome into the Kingdom of Heaven. Historically it was known to be only Jews, but in the New Testament it was revealed several times and in several ways that God wants to save everyone who is willing to be saved. Yes, sometimes people like Billy Graham and Mother Teresa come along and do the work of bringing the gospel to tons of people, but more often than not, the gospel is spread person-to-person, just like peace is spread.
Yes, you can absolutely make a statement that you want everyone to choose peace and even make a law or rule about it. But it’s only when the individuals of a town, county, state, nation or world choose to step up that peace is truly possible. So on this day meant to encourage peace, how can you help peace spread further and be a reality to more people?