What to do with confict
“The difference between spiritual and unspiritual community is not whether conflict exists, but is rather in our attitude toward it and our approach to handling it. When conflict is seen as an opportunity to draw more fully on spiritual resources, we have the makings of spiritual community.” Larry Crabb, The Safest Place on Earth
As we walk together in interpersonal relationships it is inevitable that conflict will arise. Sooner or later it will! Doesn’t matter how peace-loving we are. We all think differently. We all have our special interests and goals. We all have our individual wills and desires.
Conflicts can get messy. Our feelings get hurt. Our relationships can be damaged. Things are flying around. All kinds of debris!
Many of us would like to avoid conflict.We will do a lot to keep it from happening. In the 1980’s a retired couple was alarmed by the threat of nuclear war so they undertook a serious study of all the inhabited places on the globe. Their goal was to determine where in the world would be the least likely place affected by a nuclear war — a place of ultimate peace and security. They studied and traveled, traveled and studied. Finally they found the place. And on Christmas they sent their pastor a card from their new home — in the Falkland Islands just off the East coast of South America. However, their “paradise” was soon turned into a war zone by Great Britain and Argentina in the conflict now recorded in history books as the Falkland War.