A Note from the Director of Youth & Families

June 2023

Grant Hartsell

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:18 (NIV) 

 James is such a practical book. I’m reading through it right now, and it really addresses so many practical life issues. Today’s verse talks about peacemakers. That’s something we often don’t think that much about, being a peacemaker. 

It’s so much easier to stir things up, isn’t it? When your friends are gossiping, it’s easy to add your thoughts on the topic. When someone is mad at someone else at school, it’s easy to chime in with something bad that person did to you also. Or maybe when someone is being bullied, it’s easier to look the other way and pretend that you don’t see it.

However, there’s power in being a peacemaker. It isn’t easy to choose the path of peace. It can be very tough and less fun than stirring things up. However, when we choose a path of peace, we are sowing good things for us and for our future.

The more we can sow peace, the better we will feel, but most importantly, the more like Christ we will become.

So today, if you haven’t been a peacemaker, decide to live your life differently. Choose instead to promote peace in your life and you’ll reap a good harvest!