Just a quick thought about something I’ve been thinking about off and on throughout the day. It seems that most of the talks and lessons I heard this morning were about relationships with other people, and I think how we treat other people is the best indicator of just what kind of Christian we really are. Carol’s excellent Sacrament talk based on one of President Hinkley’s former addresses set the tone as she reminded us that we are to treat ALL people with respect and acceptance…not just those who have the same skin color or bank account balances.
Can we call ourselves one of His followers when we don’t actually show love, respect, kindness, or mercy to others? When we’re rude, dismissive, or even cruel in our comments and actions, is that Christ-like? Did He tease, taunt, or bully others? I think we all know the answer to that. Did He kowtow to the leaders of the day and look down on the lepers, sinners, and poor? Of course not.
In Relief Society, the women’s organization, Cookie (love that name!) made the remark that put the icing on the cake. She said that one night after she and her husband had asked for peace on earth during their family prayer, he remarked that perhaps they (like all of us) could begin by sowing more seeds of peace within their own home. If more of us did that, I’m convinced that it could have far reaching effects.
Peace in the home could extend to peace in the workplace and from there to the community itself. Even at Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, and the DMV, if we could act with more kindness and sow peaceful seeds, it would make a difference. It makes sense to me that if we pray for something, we’re expected to act to make it “come to pass.”
Praying is easy; acting on our prayers requires more effort. As of today, I’m going to make more of a concerted effort to bring about peace on earth, beginning in my own little sphere.