Today, I went to renew my daughter’s passport & as expected, it wasn’t as simple as I thought. Over the course of the years, I’ve renewed several passports for my kids & every time I go, it gets increasingly complicated – I’m sure all for good reasons. Nevertheless, when I stood at the counter discussing the renewal with the post office lady, I found myself getting really ramped up, uber fast. By the conclusion of my conversation with this poor lady, she had received a brief lesson on English grammar, was fairly rattled & wasn’t interested in continuing to try & help me – which of course was bad for me 🙁
Here’s what makes me unhappy about my exchange w the post office lady – I wasn’t a peace maker. Instead, I was a pain in the neck. Ultimately, we were successful in submitting the passport application, but initially, the poor lady behind the counter was rather traumatized. Fortunately, I was able to re-group & visit with her later & had some pleasant interaction. But here’s my point: Jesus said that peace makers would be blessed because they would be called the sons of God. In my passport event, I wasn’t a peace maker & there wasn’t much blessing that happened during the interaction – not good on my part. Truly, I want to be a person that brings peace, wisdom, comfort, encouragement, truth & compassion to others with whom I interact – I want to be a peacemaker more than an agitator or trouble maker. I want to let the peace of God that I know in my heart be the influencing factor for all of my interactions. May the Holy Spirit help me to stay in synch with Him better & better, each and every day.