The dove came to him toward evening, and behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth (Genesis 8:11 NASB).
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever (Psalm 52:8 NASB).
These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth (Revelation 11:4 NASB).
Olive Branches have long been a symbol of peace. Same with doves.
The question here is: are you an olive branch?
Consider all that you have done. And I will help you find out whether you are a peacemaker.
1. What do you do when you disagree with someone?
- A. Agree to disagree.
- B. Say nothing.
- C. Speak your mind, maybe a little bit rudely.
2. When two friends get into arguments, where are you on the issue?
- A. Trying to calm down both sides (which normally works).
- B. Ignoring them both for a week.
- C. Defending one side.
3. You’re the valedictorian, Congrats! But your sworn enemy’s lifelong dream was valedictorian and you just barely got better grades than she did. What thoughts are running through your mind?
- A. “Avoid all attempts to rub it in.”
- B. “Whatever. If she wants to be a sore loser, than that’s her problem and none of my business.”
- C. “Dude! I’m so awesome! I’ll make her feel better by inviting her to my graduation party.”
4. You have to work on a group project. You have your choice of three people who want to work with you. Your choice?
- A. One of your friends. You know that she’ll do her share of work without being a control freak about your share.
- B. The shy kid. They’ll do anything you ask them to. And you can just do whatever you feel like.
- C. The basketball star.
If you answered . . .
- Mostly A’s, then you’re definitely a peacemaker! You don’t like to argue, but you’re not weak. You are the olive branch!
- Mostly B’s, then you’re quite distant! You tend to be controlling and don’t exactly respond to disagreement in the best way.
- Mostly C’s, then you should probably pay better attention to people’s emotions. Try taking a walk in their shoes. And remember what is best for the group as a whole.