Think a minute.In June, 1969, the countries of Honduras and El Salvador declared war against each other. Until then, these two neighboring nations in Central America had been like close cousins.

For many years people from El Salvador had lived and worked as farmers in Honduras. Then suddenly things changed and the two countries became enemies.

First, the Hondurans attacked the Salvadoran farmers living in Honduras. The thousands of farmers ran home to El Salvador and told about the attacks against them. Next, both countries broke off diplomatic relations, and in a month the fighting started. Five days later, over 2,000 people had been killed.

The battles continued with airplane attacks, as well as the news media from both countries broadcasting hateful messages over radio and TV. Finally, there was a cease-fire and they stopped fighting.for a short time. Then, the fighting started again and lasted for many more years.

But what happened to cause this war between such close countries? Would you believe that this long, violent war was caused one day in June, 1969, by a decision made by an athletic official. Thousands of people were killed over nothing more than a disputed score.of a soccer game!

Pretty crazy! But no crazier really than the fights we ourselves start with our own family and friends-sometimes over nothing more than our sensitive pride. Did you realize that we’re all guilty of rebelling and in a way declaring war against our Maker. We’ve chosen to live the life He gave us our own way instead of His. But He designed His way of living to bring us real happiness, success, and peace of mind.

So won’t you call a cease-fire with your Maker? Just ask Jesus Christ for His forgiveness and new life. Then start living His way. It’s the only way you’ll be satisfied and have real peace from your war with Him and with others. Just Think a Minute.

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