“Drawn into War”

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“Drawn into War”

By Elsie Ruiz

A choice…WAR or PEACE. In a split second, without notice, inadvertently, we have a choice…WAR or PEACE.

Here are some typical scenarios:

You are cooking in your kitchen, baking a lovely birthday cake for your child’s first birthday party in two days. Your husband is mowing the lawn with his new lawn mower that should cut his work in half. Suddenly the lawn mower stops to never turn on again no matter what. Like a bear he enters the house and demands, “I told you, you should have left the cake for tomorrow. Now I have to haul this \#^%{# to the store by myself! After all, it was your gift to me! It doesn’t even WORK!” Your jaw drops.

You call your best friend on his cell phone wondering why he hasn’t picked you up yet. It’s Saturday, and like every Saturday, you are suppose to go and organize the food pantry at your local church. Unbeknownst to you, he forgot to mention that his boss wanted to meet that morning and he never called you to cancel. He was in the middle of the crucial meeting when your call came in. Because he forgot to turn off his cell phone, what seemed to be a very productive meeting turned south. When later that day you caught up with him, his first fuming words to you were…”I can’t believe you called me in the middle of my meeting! You may have just cost me my raise! Your timing was PERFECT man….”

One last scenario:

The neighbor next door knocks at your door while you are entertaining friends. You seem surprised to see her since she is a recluse. “Mrs. Stanley, what a lovely surprise! What can I do for you?” you asked very politely. Her answer? “Can’t you see some of us are trying to sleep? It’s inconsiderate people like you who make this place feel like trash!….”

War or Peace? Which way will we go? There lies the road ahead and we have a choice. Each and every day we are confronted with our own War or Peace scenarios and each and every day we have a choice to make. A road we are asked to take…War or Peace? Which will we take?

Proverbs 27:3 says, “Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.” Which way will we choose today? Will we be drawn in and provoked by foolish words becoming a fool ourselves or will we chose wisdom?

This is what God asks of us, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20

He gave us the answer. Will we be wise and obey? Let’s pray for wisdom. May we always choose PEACE!

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Elsie Ruiz

As a leader In World Prayr, Elsie has raised the bar in what it means to be a true servant of the King of Kings, serving others unselfishly within the will of God, as His messenger.

Many are blessed as she prayerfully authors encouraging daily scriptural insights for each day of the week in #mydailyprayr on @worldprayr twitter.

Elsie is the Founder of Shepherd’s Way International, Inc. which was established with the mission to feed His sheep, in the manner of the Good Shepherd. It reaches out to those in need while developing novel products intended to be the source of their fundraising. Proceeds are poured into the coffers of other like minded organizations, churches, institutions and individuals in the hopes of fortifying their humanitarian services.

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