Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous and will get you nowhere! By doing so, you’ll get hit by both sides. There is a biblical scripture that reminds us that taking the middle road is not wise or advisable and encourages us to be on one side or the other. So, my question to you is this: Are you a middle of the road kind of person? If you are, according to the famous Margaret Thatcher, “you will get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”
Let’s be honest; sometimes it’s easier to live with the apprehension and animosity, than the threat of change that comes through working for reconciliation. You have heard the phrase “As much as lie in you, live peaceably with all men”. That means you must learn to speak and interact with people who think differently than you do. It doesn’t mean you have to change your views or your message, but sometimes it means you must change your approach. Peacemaking means being willing to engage in a real dialogue with two people, rather than sound bites by only one. Risking rejection isn’t easy for anyone. That’s why the power of peacemakers is so crucial to conflict resolution.
It’s too high of a mark or a mountain to climb expecting that all differences will homogenize into one melting pot. A realistic goal is like a salad–a combined mixture of ingredients with each retaining its unique flavor and texture. True peacemaking begins in the heart, not the head.
When people feel loved and understood, they take down their barriers and begin to connect with one another. And when that happens, it can not only resolve the issue, but heal hearts and minds. Former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot Chris Hadfield said that “ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high, and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” So, be a peacemaker because standing on middle ground will get you nowhere. And Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!