Yesterday I was reading in Romans 12, and verse 18 jumped off of the page. I have read the passage a hundred times and heard it preached more than that, but look at what the verse says:

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

The thought rang through my empty head: It depends on you. You can’t control others actions. You can’t control others reactions. You can’t make people like you. You can’t make people live in peace. But, as much as it depends on you and as is possible, you can be a peace with everyone.

However, most of us live like it depends on everyone else. Other people are supposed to bring peace into my life. But, I hold the keys to my life. I have to say the things that need to be said and listen to the things that others say. Then, it depends on me. It depends on me to forgive. It depends on me to let it go. It depends on me to move on.

So often, we chain ourselves to the people that we do not want to be around, and we do it emotionally. Remember – it depends on you. You cannot change them but you can change you! Who have you been trying to change and where do you need to change?



  1. Janet! on Monday 3, 2009

    MOST EXCELLENT insight!!!!


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