Really and truly, as a Christian, I try to live by what the Bible says. And when I read Romans 12:18 which says, (KJV) “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men,” the first thing that pops into my mind is, “But God, you just don’t know my family.”
Isn’t it a shame that sometimes it is easier to get along with everyone else than it is to get along with family? Why is that?
When I visited a funeral home to make my condolences to a grieving family friend she was surrounded by a loving family and they all were consoling one another and I thought, “Why can’t my family be like this?”
Last summer the last sibling I had passed away. That is so sad and made me feel almost abandoned because I’m the youngest of mom’s nine children and they are all gone now except me. And people were kind and came to the funeral home and the cemetery and were supportive. Except for one close relative. She came after the service started and left while the last prayer was being said and didn’t speak to any of the family. Why would anyone do that?
This same relative came and spent a week in our area visiting her stepmom’s family, then called me on Sunday morning of the day she was leaving to go home wanting to know if she could run by and tour my new home. No, I was about to leave to go to church and there wouldn’t be anyone there to conduct her on the tour she wanted. Not a word about wanting to see or visit with me – just wanting a tour of my new house on her way out of town.
Yes, I want to live peaceably with others but “others” make it hard.
Social media blows up with images, too, that make me say, “Aw-w-w-w-w-w, why can’t my family be like that?” Brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, gathered around a bride and groom, cooing over a new baby, helping celebrate a graduation. Yes, I have to fight my envy because while I have all these relatives and some of them do all those things, there are those who just seem to make it impossible to “live peaceably” with them.
This week another relative passed away. I’m sorry, and I sent condolences to her grandchildren, my great-nieces and nephews. Then I got a sweet note back with appreciation for the condolences and a request for prayers for peace this week because there is friction among family members that is making it difficult for those who are grieving. Why are people like this?
No one person can make everything right and peaceable but one person can control their own tongue. I’m praying I’ll be able to control mine when I’m around people who act like everything should be run in accordance with their rules and for their convenience.
Sometimes I ask myself when I keep my mouth shut for the sake of peace, is it really the Christian way? Or am I just a wimp? Maybe I’m not being either; maybe I just need an intervention!
Proverbs 21:23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
Please, Lord, help me guard my mouth and tongue!