Have you seen that video of a fireplace? You put in the DVD, press play and the calm serenity of a beautiful, crackling fireplace appears on your screen. And that’s all it does. It has no depth. There’s no real warmth. Just a moving picture of someone’s fireplace…for hours. It’s peaceful. I wouldn’t buy this DVD. Would you? I’m sure someone has. I wonder what the producers are doing with those one’s of dollars they made off the sale of their fancy fireplace DVD.
Let’s consider another video. Avatar. It’s not on my personal list of favorite movies, but so far it’s the highest grossing domestic film of all time. Box Office, DVD and Special Edition sales currently total over $760 million! It’s a movie about a war that takes place on another planet. It gives a nod to Romeo & Juliet as the main characters from different cultures, different species, really, fall for one another. The movie is a special effects extravaganza. The plot is built on one conflict after another.
The difference between these videos is clear. We don’t pay for peace. We pay for conflict.
Conflict is an inevitable and unavoidable part of life. We should get good at it. More than that, conflict is profitable – $760 million worth of profitable! Not just in the movies. Conflict challenges us to grow. Conflict strengthens weakened muscles. Conflict builds character. Conflict is the tool God uses to refocus, reshape and remake us into His image.
What conflict will you face today? Get good at it.
Romans 12:21, “Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”
James 1:2-4, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”