Monday, 11 December 2017

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Real Man's Toolbox: Bridging gap from dissonance to harmony

By Leo Hellyer


 There are two musical terms that have a lot to do with our lives on a daily basis. These two terms are “harmony” and “dissonance.” According to Merriam-Webster, harmony is described as melody, congruence, agreement, accord, tranquility. At the same time, dissonance is described as lack of agreement, or a mingling of sounds that strike the ear harshly.


As we look at our individual lives, our wonderful country, or the world in its entirety, we can see and experience harmony and dissonance in many ways. My first experience with harmony and dissonance was back in the early '70s as a member of the first Madrigal Choir at Boise High School. Mr. Howard Low guided a group of dissonant young voices, personalities and priorities into a close-knit harmonious group of musicians. This is definitely proof that what is dissonant does not have to remain that way. It does take hard work, focus and faith.


As we live our lives individually, as men and women, in families, work groups, church groups, political parties, races, ethnic groups, and nationalities, we all experience different levels of harmony and dissonance. To a great degree, the level of harmony or dissonance in our lives depends on how we live our lives, and where we get our strength and direction from.    


As Christians, we are in a place to change the world. If we would refer to the Bible for the answers to the harmony and dissonance in society today instead of television, politicians, or world leaders, we could truly change the world. If all of the Christians in the world would act as God shows us to in His scripture, others would see and experiencetrue harmony, and would be jealous of those living in harmony.


If the readers of Christian Living Magazine will read and live by the few verses listed here, we can begin making changes in society right here where we live.


Romans 12:16-18 (ESV):Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.


1 Peter 3:8 (ESV):Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.


Romans 14:19 (NASB):So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.


Colossians 3:12-13 (ESV):Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.


Ephesians 4:16 (ESV):From whom the whole body, joined and held together by everyjoint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body growso that it builds itself up in love.


John 3:16 (ESV):For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoeverbelieves in him should not perish but have eternal life.


This time of year most of us concentrate on what we are thankful for. The chief thing that we should be thankful for is the evidence of God’s unconditional love that is evidenced by God sending His Son to us. As we celebrate the birth of the Savior, we needto express how thankful we are. We need to be bold in Christ. When you are greeted by others, boldly greet them by saying, “Happy Thanksgiving” and “Merry Christmas,” but do so in love, not in distaste or conflict. Let this dissonant society feel and hear the harmony and love from the Christian believers.


If we want to have a positive impact on this world that we live in, we must be seen and heard. There are clear words for us to follow in the gospel of Matthew that we should liveout.


Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV):You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.


We can and should be the light in a world of darkness. Let’s go to the Lord in prayer. Let’s ask God to show each of us how he wants us to lighten up this dark world.


In Ezekiel 22:30, the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel and said, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.”


The Christian men of America, along with our Messianic Jewish brothers, responded toa similar call on October 4, 1997. This was an event called Stand in the Gap, and was held in Washington, D.C. on the mall from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. I fully believe that our country needs a similar group of men who are believers in Jesus Christ to assemble themselves where they are and stand in the gap and be heard. We need to be seen. We need to be the light of the world. Men, please pray to God Almighty and ask Him how He wants you to stand in the gap and be the light of the world.


Leo Hellyer is a non-staff pastor with a local church and has been married to his wife Norma for 44 years. The couple volunteered with the Boise FamilyLife Ministry Team for20 years. They are both employed by Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, Norma at City Light Home for Women & Children and Leo at River of Life Rescue Mission. Leo is also the President and Chief Firearms Instructor with Helping Hands Firearms Training LLC.If you have questions about Real Man’s Toolbox, or need other assistance, Leo may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 208-340-5544.


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