Recently, I watched an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Actually, I’ve watched every episode of “Grey’s.” I’m one of those who believes that Meredith and Derek and Cristina are real people. And, of course, it is the best hour of network television week after week. The music is always awesome.
Anyway. On this particular episode, as the show ended, there was a cover of Tom Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down.” This version was by an unknown named Ryan Star and it slowed down the song. It forced me to pay attention to the words. Really listening to them for the first time made a difference in how I viewed the song. It wasn’t just a rockin’ song anymore. It was more meaningful.
That’s what God can do with your life. He offers you a different version of yourself. He can help you to slow down and see yourself, then change to what you think will make you a better version.
When Jesus met a Samaritan woman, that’s what he told her. He said he could change her life. And, she took him up on his offer. Jesus makes the same offer to you. But, like the woman, it’s up to you whether you want to accept it.
Are you interested in a new, more meaningful version of yourself? Check out the Bible story of the Samaritan woman…and check out Jesus.
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” John 4
You can read the whole story in the Bible
Here’s the Ryan Star version of “I Won’t Back Down”
The Psychology Today website provides a way to find a therapist, psychiatrist, or treatment center in your area. You can sort by price, gender, or alphabetical order. If you look under Family Conflict Therapists, you won’t believe how many there are. Twenty some to a page and there are pages and pages…and that’s just for one city! We’d like to think families get along, but we know better. There are relationship issues. Step-family issues. Financial issues. Adolescent issues. Medical issues. A family can be full of conflict.
When conflict happens, we usually take one of three paths: We fight, we take flight, or we ignore it. None of these is a healthy response to conflict. The Biblical response to conflict is to seek peace.
Now, all conflict isn’t bad. Some will cause growth and bonding. But, when conflict interferes with your relationships and is making your life a struggle, then it needs to be addressed.
(Jesus speaking) You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Luke 6
Where does God stand in this? God does not want you to resolve your conflict alone. When we honor him and seek his help in finding peace, he says he will help us, get us on the track to really living life again. Perhaps, the place to start, God says, is in being compassionate. Being empathetic and understanding. Putting yourself in the shoes of the other people involved. That’s the beginning of finding peace.
In your conflicts you don’t have to beat your head against the wall. God is waiting for you to ask for his help. Why don’t you try him today.