Be Like-Minded

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

—1 Peter 3:8

It was a normal afternoon at work. 

Most of my work day is spent indoors, except for about an hour each day, when my assignments place me outside. 

It was almost time to head out into the afternoon sunshine. I glanced on the table near me at my glasses, which had dark clip-on sun lenses.  

About to pick them up, I suddenly realized that there was a wasp sitting calmly on one of the lenses. 

Not wanting to be stung or to allow the wasp to fly freely inside my workplace, I realized I would probably need to kill it. 

Speaking mostly to myself, I told the wasp, “I don’t think there’s any way I can save you.”

I expected an all-out insect confrontation if I tried to simply take it outside. 

It was worth the try, since letting it go free was my solution of choice. 

My glasses were sitting on a book that had been placed on the table. 

Carefully, I picked the book up. 

The wasp was content to go along for the ride. 

In fact, it remained on the glasses as I moved the book to the door and outside on the grass. 

There, it disembarked, unharmed, to its natural habitat and I returned indoors, unharmed, to mine. 

The lesson?

We cooperated with each others’ efforts to be at peace. In a like-minded way, we handled the situation in a manner that was best for both of us. 

What would life be like if I would always approach possible dissension this way?


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