Tuesday Tip #39 – Monkey See

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

Peacemakers are intentional. Today’s tip is a subtle yet effective way to carry peace like a provocative fragrance with you:

Be peaceful.

Simple, yes? Maybe the concept is simple, the application might take some soul searching in the areas of trust, faith and what you believe to be true. When you are at peace this brings peace to any situation you encounter.

Right out of high school I was a paraprofessional in a public school helping with a reading program. I would sit in the hall and tutor kids at a little table. My spot was between the four first grade classes in the school. Three of the teachers could be heard throughout the whole day from one end of the hall to the other. They were relatively young and their students ran them over. The fourth teacher, a small white haired woman who had taught first grade for decades, had the quietest classroom in the whole school. The age of her kids and the number of kids in her class was the same as all the other first grade rooms. The only difference was her demeanor. From the first day she commanded order with a calm quiet voice. The children were obliged to quiet down to be able to hear her. She moved purposefully with kindness and grace; the kids followed her example. My, did they ever love her! She respected them by excepting them to behave. This raised their confidence in their own abilities to do as she wished. It really was a beautiful thing to watch.

This applies to interactions with other humans of any age or stage in life. When we are calm, peaceful and respectful this provokes in our company a desire to follow along. This is what it means to be a peacemaker.

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

Monkey see, monkey do.

Comments

  1. I thought this story of the first grade teacher, and the influence she had by keeping peaceful, was so good.

    I have lots of work to do in this area of keeping peaceful. I tend to worry about things. But I so liked what you said here about being intentional about it. And growing in our faith too.

    Great post! :)

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