I've been ruminating the last day or two on what it means to be a "peacemaker." I think that when we read the Sermon on the Mount, we often think of "peace" as opposed to war. Duh. But what I've been processing is the idea of being a peacemaker in all of life particularly in my personal relationships. I guess I see that that are lots of people who like to escalate situations -- make them a bigger deal, get people all riled up, fight for a cause, etc. But I wonder if the greater call of being a "peacemaker" is in my personal and work relationships to "de-escalate" situations, to seek win-win situations, to sacrifice my own personal interests in order to keep things "peaceful."
I don't know...thoughts?