The Peace Sign is Not a Fashion Symbol (True Celebrities VII)

Lovely Photo by Ashlee

Real Life Observation:

We see them on the streets of the major cities in the world. They are the courageous rough riders- young and restless boys and girls (or men and women) who have no homes to call their own. Lost in a constant battle for their rights to life. They fight for the freedom from poverty, insecurity, defamation, injustice, and mockery. They fight, well just because...it is their way of life. You should know- street fights are no fairy tale; they happen every day! They happen right there in places where you call "down town." And maybe even in rich neighborhoods. Sometimes they end up in ghastly emergency room calls. Still sadly, most end up in DEATH. Yes death, the word that stings so bad and the worst enemy of life.

And when you see these fights, do you jump out of your moving vehicle just to immerse yourself in the midst thereof? I know I don't. Usually, I'm driving so fast that I can't can see the incident really well. Oh, but let us not speak of such BIG events. What about the fights in our own little tight-knit territories? Our families, friends, co-workers, and even fellow writers? Again, I may not observe them because I'm running so fast in my own career path.

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Today's celebrities are the ones who don't just speak about, wear, or throw their fingers to the peace sign, they actually do something about it...and they are called the "PEACEMAKERS."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God." Matthew 5: 9

The peace sign is NOT just the fashion symbol you see here in the photograph of this post. It is also not just about raising two of your fingers in the air to a friend and smiling at them while doing so. It is deeper than that.

Photo by Flickr Peace Movement


About The Greeks Again:

The Greek origin of the word peacemaker is "Eirenopois." This time, it comes from two words: Eirene ("peace") and Poieo ("to make" or "to do"). Eirene (or Irene) is the Greek word for "peace," such that the Greeks made her a goddess. She was the daughter of Zeus and Themis and was often depicted as holding a cornucopia, scepter, and a torch. I imagine that wherever she showed up there was a sudden calmness in the room, and let's not forget she carried a torch for light. In the midst of quarrels her presence must have caused Greek men to stop and re-think their anger (mythology).

To Make It Happen:

Now, the word "Poieo" has really blown me away already. It means "to make [something]" or "do [something]." In fact, let's just say it means, "to make it happen." What's the use of talking about something if you can't make it happen? We all have dreams about our future, but if we don't stand up and make them happen they will only be like shrunken trees refusing to produce fruits. Peacemakers are the ones who make peace happen. They see conflicts and they intervene. They see trouble and they provide the way out. The best thing is, they can do this in subtle ways- doesn't have to be through a big speech or iron scepter.

To Exhibit True Genes: 

I know why "peacemakers" will be called the sons of God. God's name is love. Many of us have asked this question at some point in our lives, "why do bad things happen to good people?" We forget that the prince of this world has only one mission: to "steal, kill, and destroy." This is why bad things happen to good people. But if we can be like our Father, we will propagate His goodness in the world. To propagate His goodness, we must have His "peace-making" genes, worthy of a Nobel-peace prize.

Question for the day: How easy is it for you to settle disputes? If your heart breaks each time there's a dispute, and if you can do something about it...and you do, then you're a true child of your Father. And they will know that you're His child.

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28 comments:

NakedSha said...

Thank you girl! I love how you have handled this series!

Bless your heart!

lani said...

Another deep one..
Sometimes, fear for our lives stop us from settling disputes. In UK, every young person seems to have a shank (knife) so people rather mind their business. I know it's wrong but I tend to wonder if I'll do any different.
If I know the people in dispute, I try my best...

daylight said...

Good thoughts. It reminds me of the fact that to be a peacemaker, it is important to also be a person who is easy to be entreated when upset so that with our co-operation, peace can be allowed to reign.

BBB said...

the peacemakers
i like to think i am one of them

Funms-the rebirth said...

I aspire to be one.......

Jaycee said...

@NakedSha...God bless you heart too music-lover!

@Lani...it's actually hard not to mind our business these days for the sake of not getting killed. I wonder sometimes, Paul and co back in the day...I wonder why they never worried about all of that.

@Daylight...so true.

@BBB...if you think you're one of them, you probably are :)

@FunmsdRebirth...me too o :)

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kay9 said...

I really dont have anything to say. But i liked the photos.

Stanis said...

lovely write! inspiring!

Homie GFunk said...

Reminds me of that song:
"Lord make us instruments of Your peace." We are instruments in God's hands and we have to declare here on earth what is in heaven. Nice one!

blogoratti said...

I come here to read...and i go away enlightened-as always!

We all need to be at peace with one another...

Harry-Rami Itie said...

OMG!!!

This is amazing... God... You have giving me something to think about... considering the fact that I really don't settle disputes...

Can you compile this series into a book or something when you are done?

@MichaelDPerkins said...

For me the answer is simple: prayer. When I find myself getting heated or upset, I walk away and pray silently.

Sounds simple, but it works!

Mwajim Al said...

This is convicting because am kind of in a similar situation where I could chose to walk away or just keep my distance... sad thing is my conscience keeps pricking me... Now will I do the right thing? I don't know... God help me! And again, another insightful look at the beatitudes... refreshing as always :)

2cute4u said...

This really true..
I was driving with a colleague(real brother in Christ) when we got to an incident that required an immediate ' peacemaker' I vehemently refused to stop cause I was scared and also didn't to get involved, when he started talking to me, I was so ashamed, I had to reverse to the scene.
Nice post as usual.

Debbie said...

Well said.
No one should run in the face of evil especially children of God. if we die in the process, so be it, but help we must.

Thanks for sharing.

Jaycee said...

@RainyJoy...I guess we all need to learn how to "make it happen," and with WISDOM too. Sometimes we may not know the BEST way to handle a situation, that's when we need God's wisdom.

@Kay9...me too...

@Stanis...:)

@Homie...I want to be that vessel ooo...Amen.

@Blogoratti...yes we do.

@Harry...glad that this gave you a light-bulb moment. Grand idea you have there too, thanks :)

@Michael...walking away is actually one of the wise ways to settle disputes, talking in the heat of the moment may make things worse.

@Mwajim...Amen @ God helping us all.

@2cute4u...you reversed? Lol.

@Debbie...you know, you've made one of the strongest statements today...about death. That's what I was saying in response to an earlier comment: In Paul's days they hardly ever thought about saving their lives. But our generation wants the opposite. We care too much about our lives.

NBB said...

I love this your series sha. Blessed are the peacemakers......

LovePaprika said...

just what I need. lovely post.

LE DYNAMIQUE PROFESSEUR said...

Hmm... settle quarrel - how easy?
When I was young, I was told not to ever move close to those fighting [physically] talkless or making peace between them. While you are trying to do that, you can get your own portion of the violence that could be a scar on you for life.

Also, for the non-violent ones, what we often hear is... "oro ti eniyan ko ba da si, ai sowipe o wa nibe" - What you don't say you know about, no one can ever call you to be a witness.

Based on this paradigms, growing up, settling quarrels between people has never been my cup of tea.

It's a revelation to know through this post that God actually wants us to be "peace makers" but I think its more than settling quarrel alone o.

Hear what came to my mind reading this...
Jesus = Prince of peace
Peace makers = Sons of God
Jesus = Son of God.

As sons of God, one way to be "peace makers" is to be a representative of Jesus on earth. "Let this mind also be in you, which was in Christ". Living like christ in everyway makes us ambassadors of peace.

Abeg, make I stop this sermon. lol
Thanks Jay.

- LDP

Kafo said...

hmmmm
i like
it isn't a fashion symbol
and it does require more than we normallly are willing to give

The nitty-gritty tales of a housewife said...

HMM! i totally agree with PROF.

Jaycee said...

@NBB...yes, blessed are those who "make" peace...

@LovePaprika...happy to know you were able to capture the parts that inspired you :)

@LDP...truthfully, it goes beyond just settling quarrels. It really does...and again you've done some excellent Math :)

@Kafo...yes it does. The question is "Are we willing to give more of ourselves? Are we willing to sacrifice?"

Street Preacher said...

deep and full of insight! Thanks and stay blessed

Jaycee said...

Hi Streetpreacher, great to see you around :)

idomagirl said...

this is one area am working hard on...
am one of those people that tend to run away at the first sign of conflict. i never get into a confrontation with anybody, but i think i mind my business too much. May God help me.

Jaycee said...

@Idomagirl...I think for every problem to be solved, one needs to be able to "identify" the problem first. So I can give you an e-handshake for passing step 1. Thanks.