So here I am by my desk, minding my own business when I started thinking of beauty pageants. Like really now, beauty pageants!! Since when does my mind wonder about such things. Just one question popped in my head really. The famous question that always ends with the contestants saying they want world peace.
So what is peace? Peace can be defined as harmony, reconciliation, ceasefire, goodwill, calm, quiet, stillness… the list goes on and on. Think of the number of times you have said you “choose to hold your peace”. What exactly did you really mean? For me, not you maybe, but for me it has just meant that I choose to keep quiet. I choose to keep quiet even though it hurts so bad inside, even though all I want to do is scream and let it all out. I choose to maintain my calm even though a storm is brewing on the inside. That’s how I “chose to hold my peace”. So is it possible world peace can be like that? Countries choosing to hold their calm even though they are hurting or feeling disrespected? Let me ask a question, what happens when we can no longer hold the peace? I think peace can sometimes be a cover, a face we wear to hide what’s inside. Peace does not necessarily lead to forgiveness or love.
Let me move on to love. Love can be defined as affection, adoration, tenderness, friendship, fondness, devotion… again the list goes on. Love comes along with forgiveness. Think about it for a moment. When you love someone or something so much, and that someone or something hurts you, you can be mad for a while, but it doesn’t mean you now hate that person. In a little while you have forgiven them and you’re soon laughing with them again. Such is the cycle of love, it hurts sometimes but you forgive and soon the matter is forgotten. How can you love and continue to bear a grudge? How can it be love when there’s the danger of a storm coming? If you are filled with love inside, how do you hide it? You can’t help it, it just shows! It flows into everything you do, in everything you say.
So with my humble opinion expressed, world peace or world love, how would you answer the question?
I Corinthians 13: 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.