“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.”
Romans 12:18, NIV
The Straight Story is a 1999 Disney movie that chronicled the true story of a 73-year old man’s pilgrimage to mend a broken relationship with his brother that he had not seen or spoken to in over ten years. When Alvin Straight learned that his brother, Lyle, had a stroke, he was determined to visit him and make things right.
Alvin hitched a makeshift trailer to his 1966 John Deere riding lawn mower and set out on a 500-mile trip. He camped out in fields and backyards made available by people he met along the way. Alvin persevered and reached his brother. He steered his riding mower down a dirt road and found a run-down wooden shack. Alvin climbed off the mower, shuffled toward the house and called, “Lyle! Lyle!” No response. Perhaps he was too late-maybe Lyle had died in the six weeks since he began his journey.
After a lengthy pause, a voice from inside the shack called, “Alvin? Alvin?” Lyle appeared at the front door and he invited Alvin to come onto the porch, where they silently sat. Alvin nervously looked at his brother, while Lyle studied the riding mower and trailer. Obviously overcome with emotion, he asked, “You came all this way on that, just to see me?” Alvin smiled and simply said, “Yep!” Lyle’s face spoke for his heart. He was humbled by his brother’s grace and they were reconciled. The Bible says, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)
You do not need to ride a lawn mower 500 miles – but you may need to pick up the phone or write a letter or send an email. God is going to urge you and nudge you until you take action today to be reconciled with the person you are at odds with.
QUESTION: Would you think of a person right now that you need to make peace with? Whether you are the offender or the one offended, the ball is in your court. What step will you take today to take the initiative?