Father bring me peace within so that I can radiate peace outward.
Hold my tongue if the words that will flow out aren’t loving, and a direct reflection of You.
Touch my heart so I might stop, take pause, and consider my words before and after I speak them. Help me to be quick to apologize for my offenses and slow to place blame when I’m offended. Help me to see the other person’s heart, and to show them mine.
Father I want to be treated with love, dignity, and respect. May I speak and treat others accordingly. I give You all of the glory. I love you.
What we do and what we say comes directly from our hearts. We can try to convince ourselves this isn’t the case when what we do and say is negative, but then that would make us hypocrites. We are foolish to think that only loving speech and deeds come from the heart, and unloving speech and actions comes from someplace else.
You may be acting like a butt, and your butt may hurt—but trust me, that’s not the source of your negativity.
It stems from your heart and the valves that we switch on and off, like the faucets in our kitchens and bathrooms. We’re turning them hot or cold, or a blend of the two. When it’s only on hot you can burn yourself and others. When it’s only on cold it can cause nerve damage.
Why don’t we work on turning on our human faucets with a blend of the two, so we can pour out the perfect temperature. That perfect temperature is soothing, comforting, and relaxing.
A warm bath or shower feels like a warm hug. That’s how we should want to feel inside and that’s how we should want to leave others feeling. Even in disagreement neither party should walk away feeling beaten down and attacked. We should both feel as though our dignity is intact.
If we treat others the way God wants us to be treated, and not the way we deserve or the way we think we should be treated (because some of us are self-loathing and destructive), we wouldn’t have three-quarters of the issues we’re faced with each day.
I’m not telling you to start faking it. Please don’t. This isn’t one of the recipes for “fake it ’til you make it”. That will get you no where fast. I’m telling you to start slowly turning the faucet handles until you reach the desired temperature. It may take months or even years. But it’s not about how long it takes. It’s the fact that you’re turning the knobs and putting in the effort. That is our journey. That is our demonstration as believers and followers of Christ; as servants of God.
You can’t possibly reach and maintain a state of joy and internal peace with the faucet turned all the way hot or all the way cold. That’s misery both directions. You have to turn those handles so they are equal. A balance.
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