Paths of Peace

15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood, 16 Destruction and misery are in their paths, 17 And the path of peace they have not known” (Romans 3).

Feet.  Feet running along paths and bringing no peace — instead, swift feet shedding blood and leaving nothing but destruction and misery behind.  This is the sad picture Paul is painting for us, about us — a dark, foreboding picture overflowing with bloodshed, destruction, and misery.  So, if this is the picture representing no peace, its very opposite must be the measure of peace one leaves in this world — a bright and vibrant picture full of life, edification, and joy.

Thus, here are some questions for me to ponder: How much life do I add to a room when I enter it?  After an encounter with me, how much better do people feel about themselves, others, and life in general?  How happy are people after seeing me?  In short, do I bring a smile and cause others to smile?

Lord, on This Day may we be people of peace, on paths of peace — people who bring life, edification, and joy to everyone who comes in contact with us.  Amen.