A landmine is an underground weapon of war designed to indiscriminantly destroy human lives. According to Mines Advisory Group, an international organization that saves lives and builds futures through the removal and destruction of landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), and other weapons remaining after conflict, these weapons are triggered by a trip-line, pressure from above or a remote.
Needless to say, if a soldier, medic, reporter, or even a peacekeeper comes near a landmine field, they had better watch their step! MagAmerica states that landmines can be cleared manually with special tools. Metal detectors can sense them and specially trained dogs can sniff them out. Once detected, landmine experts can then dig them out and “defuse” them. Clearing landmines is essential for the safety of impacted communities around the world.
In reality, people emotions and relationships can often be as volatile as landmines. There are certain ways of communicating that indiscriminantly destroy people and relationships. We can unknowingly plant landmines that lie in wait for the time when they will be set off. When the “wrong button” is pushed, people can explode. There are poor options. We can ignore it and pretend the landmine doesn’t exist. We can “walk on eggshells” to avoid it. Neither option really solves anything.
During this Lenten season, we will explore clearing these relational landmines and even take steps to avoid planting them in the first place. The best tools for clearing relational landmines are to be aware of who we are and more openly live out our faith. Join us Feb. 22 through March 22 as we learn to trust more fully in God to enhance and fortify how we live in community by Clearing Relational Landmines.
- Feb. 22 – Check the Floor – Ephesians 4:25-32
- March 1 – 180-degree Communication – Matthew 18:15-20
- March 8 – Taking Time – Luke 10:25-37
- March 15 – Financial Faith – Matthew 6:19-24
- March 22 – Support System – Philippians 4:10-14, 19