World Peace – What we can do?

World PeaceIn the movie “Miss Congeniality,” Sandra Bullock’s character (Gracie Lou) works as a rough, tough cop who is serious about her work.  But her way of life is flipped on its head when she goes undercover in a beauty pageant to catch a killer.  At one point in the pageant, each of the participants has to answer the same question; “What is the one most important thing our society needs?” Ironically, every participant gives the same answer: “World peace” … “World peace” … “That would be world peace,” “I would say, world peace!” etc.  Then comes Gracie Lou, the loose canon, who answers; “That would be harsher punishment for parole violators, Stan” … …  stunned silence  … … “And, world peace!” (Roaring applause).

With all of the shootings, wars, violence, and political upheaval just in 2012, I think it is certain that world peace is much needed.  Should we strive for it ardently, or is it an impossible dream?  Are we working for peace in the world around us, or are we, perhaps inadvertently working against that goal?

Jesus Christ once said that the most important thing is love, love of God and neighbor.

What this world needs is a lot more love … kindness … and selfless generosity (as has been shown in Newtown, CT. over the last month).  The world needs less darkness and more LIGHT!   Think SUNSHINE BRIGHT!!

I have been thinking about this lately.  It has struck me that many people seek peace and the bright light of love, but at the same time, work against it.  Myself included!  People say they want world peace, but do we actually work for it and pursue it in our own lives with the people around us?  The following is what I have been thinking about:

Every time we hate someone else – family, friend, co-worker, classmate, someone who hurts us – we are bringing darkness into the world and not the light of love.  Thus, we are not working toward world peace.

Every time we gossip against someone or listen to gossip, we are bringing darkness into the world and not light.

Every time we slander someone’s good name, we bring darkness into the world and not light.

Every time we judge someone or look down on them, we are bringing darkness and not light.

Every time we choose not to forgive someone, and every time we choose bitterness, we are not choosing love nor working toward the world peace we desire.

I feel that world peace starts with us and begins with those we are closest to.  How many times I as a Christian, have I spoken bad about others, judged them, or excluded them in some way? Maybe you can relate?  None of this works toward peace but only sows darkness and discord.

I look around and hear people, even Christians, talk about world peace, while at the same time gossiping and tearing down others, not letting go of petty grievances, excluding sinners, not standing up against the injustice of killing innocent lives in abortion or euthanasia, etc.  We talk about world peace.  We desire it.  But, it must work for in all the little details.  We do have the power to change the world around us.  Look at Mother Theresa.  VISUALIZE Mother Teresa….

One woman… One heroic life of virtue… thousands of lives changed!  She has been dead many years and is still changing thousands of lives daily!  That’s awesome!  St. Therese, the “Little Flower” has been dead over 100 years and is still changing millions of lives world-wide.  If the world had more Mother Teresa’s, more saints, it would certainly be a better place.

World peace

If we want to be light to the world, we can start small.  Start with a smile. J  Feel better already, don’t you? J  We can and should offer friendly smiles to others:  At home.  At work.  At the office.  To those who rub us the wrong way.  It doesn’t matter whether or not we feel like smiling or being happy/friendly or not because it’s not about us.  Love is always about the other person and bringing happiness into their lives.

In this New Year, I will be meditating on the darkness in my own life and working hard to minimizing it while shining more God’s light and love to others, being the face of Jesus to everyone I meet.  A good New Year’s resolution!

If you agree, please share this with others.  God bless you and Happy New Year!