The dance of peace takes lots of practice

I can’t dance.  Well, not very well.  I did dance with my daughter at her July 6 wedding.  It was sweet and all but we mostly just stood in the same spot and swayed.

I was thinking about a different kind of dance the other day.  The dance when we are able to carefully confront others because we love them and want to be a person of peace.  That’s what I call the dance of peace.  Done well, it is a real art.

Most people would rather just not engage in the process.  Period.  So, how do you learn the rhythms of speaking the truth in love, listening intently and proceeding wisely?

It takes practice.  That’s for sure.  But not to worry too much because God’s role is to take the lead.  If we let him lead out and follow him, the beautiful dance of peace is bound to emerge.  I’ll tell you, that dance has the power to catch the attention of the watching world.

Most people do feel awkward in talking with someone, in confronting others.  Maybe you tried before and it didn’t go anywhere.  Maybe you’re scared.  This dance takes a lot of practice, but if you persevere it will pay off.

With practice — read, willingness and courage — you can learn to speak to speak the truth in love by saying only what builds others up, by listening carefully and responsibly and by letting the wisdom of the Holy Spirit be your guide. 

So, with whom do you need to engage and start practicing the dance of peace?

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf
Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf
Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

Even if you have never watched Dancing with the Stars, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a couple on the dance floor, and it captured your attention. And even if you’re not the biggest fan of dancing, you had to admit to a grace and beauty before your eyes; a fluid motion that took weeks, months, and possibly even years to achieve. The perseverance paid off.
As we learn the steps of confrontation (a necessary step in peacemaking), it’s wise to remember that it takes time. It may take days or weeks or months or even years to learn those rhythms of speaking the truth and listening intently and proceeding wisely. It may feel awkward at first. Repeat that again — it may feel awkward at first. But if we let God take the lead (that’s always His role) and commit ourselves to following His lead, something of grace and beauty can emerge — it’s called the dance of peacemaking. It has the power to capture the attention of a watching world. Perseverance will always pay off.
– See more at: http://bookstore.peacemaker.net/blog/?p=3275&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Route59+%28Route+5%3A9%29#sthash.8QuG0vmx.dpuf

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