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Peace in Small Lives

It’s easy to talk big and live small.

And it might not be a bad thing.

The fact that the Prince of Peace is Emmanuel, God with us, making His dwelling among us at this very moment is truly awesome. This is astounding. This is big talk.

But my life, right now? It isn’t big. It’s simple, quiet, and rather small. I teach two piano students a week, watch two little children every few days, and come into the school to accompany my husband’s three choirs as he needs me. Professionally that is all I do. The rest of my days are filled with small household tasks, figuring out three healthy meals a day for our family, following my husband around as he learns the ropes of a new job, and leisurely drinking coffee with an open book on my lap.

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It’s a beautiful life. It’s a full one. But it’s not big. And I’m learning that’s ok. I’m learning that it’s not so much what you do but how you do it. And why it’s done. The smallest tasks have meaning, and if attended to well, can be how you make peace.

“The way of peacemaking given us may be something so small that it seems hardly worth doing, but it is these small offerings which build our reflexes for the larger ones.”
– Madeleine L’Engle, The Irrational Seasonphoto-3IMG_2354

It’s easy to contend with our peacemaking assignment for the day. We want to bring world peace, not scrape hardened spaghetti sauce off of plates. The missionaries, the published authors, the world leaders…these are the people that seem to have access to peacemaking. And the rest of us, the ones left at home in the morning with no real job to go to or the ones that go to work only to somehow make enough money to make ends meet? Do our small days really have anything to do with peacemaking?

God was interested in reconciling all things to Himself by the peace bought by Christ (Colossians 1:20). I am convinced that all things truly means all things. If God is interested in all things, big and small alike, so should His people. IMG_1462

It’s time to take this big talk of peace and let it impact our small lives. Regardless of where we are and what our days look like, there is work to be done and peace to be made.

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    Brenda Kelly
    October 5, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Enjoying your blog, Greer! Can I suggest that being a homemaker is just as important a “profession” as teaching piano or accompanying a choir. It requires many skills from the artistic – home decorating/ambiance/mood setting/peaceful, welcoming environment to the mundane – cleaning/dishes/laundry/organizing to the providing – keeping the home supplied with the necessities of life/clothing/food/ to the secretarial and financial – paying bills/filing/finding the best prices/family correspondence to the cheerleader/emotional support – for you now, Tanner, and maybe someday children to the server – hospitality, meals to a sick friend, notes to someone, etc….and I could go one 🙂 Excelling at homemaking is probably the only profession that requires so many skills. Making the home a peaceful place the fills the soul is an art that many have not even begun to master. Love you Mrs. Kelly P.S. So jealous of your “setting” – beautiful! It is a favorite spot of mine in Colorado!

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      greeroharah
      October 22, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts! I’m definitely getting a taste of how full-time and fulfilling homemaking can be! It is definitely a switch from working full-time or pursuing a degree, but it I’m beginning to learn how valuable it really is.

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