June 10, 2021 – Proverbs 10
“People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.” Proverbs 10:10
A couple of years ago, I discovered the Enneagram. If you haven’t encountered it before, check it out. I don’t have space here to go into detail, but what’s helpful to know is that it’s a tool designed to identify the tendencies you have when it comes to your personality and the opportunities and challenges you may face. Having this kind of relational intel on yourself and others can be really beneficial. It gives you eyes to see the patterns you tend to pick up when you are in a healthy stretch of life and when you are headed in the other direction.
The eye-opener for in this process is that I am wired as a peacemaker. For those of you who know Enneagram, I’m a type 9. This means I’m prone to strongly desiring homeostasis and for the boat to stop rocking. This often translates into a desire for difficult or uncomfortable situations to “go away” whether they get resolved or not. I’m confident this is why Proverbs 10:10 jumped off the page at me today.
So often in our lives, we get indicators that things are not ok. As much as I wish life included the Easy Button from those clever commercials for Staples, it doesn’t. There are times in our life when we and the world around us experience something other than God’s best for us, and when this happens, the question is how will we respond?
For a long time, I avoided or winked at difficult situations. I defined peace as the absence of conflict or tension, when in reality peace isn’t the absence of anything. Instead, it’s the presence of vitality, health, healing and life abundance!
For so long my peacemaking was a short-term fix. Proverbs 10:10 reminds us if we want real peace, we’ll speak up with love, patience and grace to make things right. I think my mentor said it best, “You can always tell the truth and not be loving, but you can’t claim to be loving if you aren’t willing to address the truth.”
Questions for reflection:
- How do you tend to respond when trouble comes your way?
- How do you tend to respond when trouble comes to others around you?
- What’s behind these responses?
- Where do you need to lean in to being a true peacemaker today?