Henry Ford once famously said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
The truth of this statement describes two very important God-given forces in life. It shows the power of perspective and pursuit. The right perspective in life empowers you to be able to accomplish incredible things. The most important perspective that one could ever hold in life is to know and embrace the constant pursuit of God toward His people.
There is nothing that you could ever do to make God love you less, and there is nothing that you could ever do to make God love you more. Brennan Manning was known for saying, “God loves us where we are, not where we should be.” God’s grace meets us at the moment we are in, and takes us to a place we couldn’t go without it. This pursuit is probably best summed up in Romans 5:8 by the Apostle Paul when he said, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
When we grasp God’s pursuit of us as His people, it gives us a perspective that calls us to pursue peace in the world.
Peace seems to be a fleeting and disappearing thing in our world today. There is so much vitriol, hate, and turmoil in our world that it seems like pursuing peace is a lost cause. Yet, knowing all that the world had done and would do, God still came to us in Jesus.
If you don’t think the world can change even if you seek peace, then in the words of Henry Ford, “you’re right.” However, if you take hold of the perspective that God is pursuing you through Jesus, then you won’t be able to help but to pursue peace in the world.
God’s not asking you to bring peace to all the world, but He is inviting you into a story where you can make your world peaceful and peace giving. Start with something small like delivering treats to a police or fire station. Give someone a hug, or reach out to a friend or family in a situation where there is not peace and do what you can to make a difference.
Remember, those who can’t bring peace and those who can are both right. Which one are you?