“How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!” Psalm 133.1
Conflict seems to be a big part of life. Road rage is on the increase in every country. Conflict on all levels seems to be a natural part of our fabric. Anger is a primary motivator used to achieve higher performance in sports as well as the rest of our life. Violence is an essential ingredient in most TV shows, music videos, and games. Even the basis for hot new Christmas toys is conflict. Getting along appears to be an option life value.
In several fresh, painful, ways I continue to discover the price of conflict. The price of conflict occurs on several fronts. Often we only look at the immediate; you and I are at odds, we fight, and consequently, both of us are worse off. The secondary affects show themselves in how I treat others because of my experience and the way I handle conflict stress. We often ignored the priced paid in these circumstances.
Everyone has people in their life needing their nurture and love. Who they are varies from individual to individual, however you and I both have at least one person that falls into this category. When I am in conflict the people needing my nurture and love pay the price. I wish this was not true, or that I was able to “rise above” the situations, but I behave much like everyone else.
Yesterday I again rediscovered a Biblical truth. As a God believer, I have a clear manifesto. I strive to stay in constant dialogue with God. I strive to do any and everything I can to make a difference no matter how small the act may seem. I look for others to share my experience with because I believe in what I pursue. Conflict can and will happen but I can do something about how I respond.
Our journey is a process where values are important. God’s gifts to us, unconditional acceptance, grace, and love is something we can give away. This is our true destiny.