Saturday, October 19, 2013

First Responders

In last weekend's marathon, there were first responders in red jackets, ready for a crisis.  The runners had trained for months for this race.  But these medics have trained for years.  It is what they do.  It is what they do best, prepared in mind and skill to handle a crisis, a problem, or conflict.

Their bags are packed with the tools of their trade.  And they know how to use them for restoration and resolution.

I take a lesson from these first responders.  For in the heat of the moment, they establish focus and approach from the get-go.

When there is a problem or conflict -- and there will be on a daily basis in our lives -- reach not for your battle gear, but for your toolbox.  It is not a matter of "who is going to win?" but "how can we work this out?"

The medics approached with a mindset of healing.  May we do the same.

A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

                              Proverbs 15.1

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