First Place: Andion Dizon, Colonial Trail Elementary School, Henrico County Public Schools
3 Simple Words, 3 Simple Statements
“I am sorry.” “I love you.” “I forgive you.” In my eyes, peace is not just a word that can describe something or someone. They are the statements said above. Peace is the little things people do every day. There may be many different definitions of peace, but the most important one to me is the one my mother has taught me. My mother has always said that God tells us to forgive each other, give to others, and love each other. Does that not explain peace itself? Do those statements above not show peace? I think that if every single person on this planet lived by these three simple rules, and said those three simple statements everyday, the world might be ready to move onto the bigger acts of kindness such as stopping wars or lowering crime rates.
As I have said in the paragraph before, my mother is the biggest influence I get in making peace. However, my mother is just teaching me the will of God. God has given all of us the chance to be alive. We should use that chance to be nice to other people, to forgive them. When one little boy or girl says, “I am sorry,” the other boy or girl may start to forgive as well. Those little acts of kindness spread and spread until the whole world is contaminated with forgiveness. When I hurt my sister or my parents, I try to forgive them as best as I can. Once, I ripped a very important fashion book that belonged to my sister. I said that I was sorry and repaired the book with tape. Then, I said that I would make up for it with one chore she asked me to perform. So, I had to take out the trash for her for one day. In that example, one little mistake was forgiven and one little grudge that could have happened was reduced to smithereens.
The next rule of peace my mother has taught me is to give to others. I know the perfect follower of God’s rule for this one. In September of 1946, Mother Teresa found her inspiration of giving with God’s love to others. She cared for the sick, poor, and elderly without a moment’s hesitation. Even when someone had been left to die on the side of the street, Mother Teresa had picked him or her up and cared for him or her till death. That is truly an act of kindness that can bring peace to others around you. Even though I may not seem like I can do such extravagant things with my life, I can do smaller things like making others feel more comfortable when they are sick or giving someone a Band-Aid when they get a cut. Small things like that can go a long way.
When people get married, they vow to always love and care for their husband or wife. However, some couples get a divorce and never love each other again. My mother has taught me that that is not how God wants us to bring peace to the world. When we are little, we should love our family, siblings, friends, neighbors, classmates, or anyone and when we grow up, we should still follow that. My mother has always told me to think before I do or say anything. I may think that what I am saying about another person is a joke while the other person might think it is an insult. That is showing that you care and love the other person enough to take the time to edit what you are about to say or do. Everyone deserves our love and has the right to feel loved. Going back to the paragraph before this, Mother Teresa showed her love and the love of God to everyone who had no one left to love him or her. We should do the same. Not just when we get married, but from birth to death. If everyone in the world cared for one another, think about how wars might be stopped or how crime rates could be lowered! When people say, “I love you” or “I am here for you,” things have already changed on the Earth around us. You have passed that gift of love and care to another person beside you and then they pass it on to another and another and another! Love can be contagious if you let it.
The Earth is a beautiful planet and the people on the face of the earth are beautiful as well. My mother has made a big difference in my life when she taught me the word of God. God wants us to follow those three simple rules, forgive each other, give to others, and love each other. We cannot wait for someone like Mother Teresa or Mahatma Gandhi to jump-start the spreading of peace. People like you and me can do that in the little words and statements we say every day. My mother has really given me the biggest influence in my life to making peace. She has taught me to always follow what God wants you to do. We may already have our future in our minds, but we cannot pursue that future until we can learn to forgive, give, and love everyone. Only when our hearts are open for giving forgiveness and love can God tell us what we are meant to do on this planet. Only then are we ready to really bring peace to the world. “I forgive you.” “I love you.” “I am sorry.”
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