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Steve Jones

Steve Jones is a husband, a father, and a regular volunteer at Youth Dynamics in Moses Lake, WA.  Steve has been deeply affected by the peace given to him through Jesus Christ during the birth of his second son, Colton.   Although he has a job and family, Steve also dedicates his time to serving teens of his hometown at Youth Dynamics weekly, where he shares and exemplifies values of peace and love through all conflicts, both relational and individual.

Interview by Katrina Ulnick, May 2014

Our actions have a direct connection to the condition of the heart.  I am a firm believer that what we do and say is a clear representation of our soul and where we are spiritually.  All conflict, in my opinion, is a result of pride- the heart condition that says it is all about us.  I don't know if there has ever been a documented case of violence as a result of one person putting another's interests above that of his or her own.  Violence may bring "justice", but never peace to all parties.  This does not mean that violence, or force, is never necessary, because there are times when we must respond as such to achieve a greater good, such as acting in self defense or protecting the defenseless.  But I believe it should only be initiated as a last resort and not as a means to get what you want.

Peace is a difficult word for me to define, because peace can mean different things to different people.  I find true peace in knowing that God is in total control.  Through all the trials, troubles, and chaos going on in the world around me, I am safely in His hands.  Knowing that fact and acting in response through love is my perception of peace. When my son Colton was born, he wasn't breathing on his own, and the doctors gave him practically a zero percent chance that he would.  This is what it took to get my attention.  After putting my trust in God's hands, an indescribable peace overcame me.  This internal peace has affected every area of my life since.  Because of this experience, my views are very likely contrary to popular secular views of peace.  Many feel and believe that peace is the absence of trials, trouble, war, conflict, etc.  I don't believe the lack of all those things brings true peace, but rather just a state of false euphoria.  Lack of conflict involves some sort of compromise, where somebody likely had to give something up that they truly believed in, in order to keep things from escalating into something harmful.  This action of giving up a value or belief to avoid conflict is done grudgingly and does not result in peacemaking.

If we are talking about avoiding war and conflict globally, then accurate history books and studies of nonviolent movements by those like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. can tell us what did and didn't work in the past.  My personal belief is that there is only one source for ultimate peace in its entirety- the Scripture.  Speaking from the local level, promoting peace can be done by giving up one's own selfish agendas by treating all people with love, respect, and understanding.  While that may seem like a corny or canned response, I believe it is ultimately the way to resolve or even avoid conflict.  Within our own lives practically, we should give more and take less.  Building our lives around others' needs is how we can truly serve and live more peacefully with others. 

It all comes down to being others-centered.  Anyone can do it.  Anyone can be a peacemaker by serving those around you instead of serving yourself.  Get off your phone and spend more time talking to the person next to you.  Take a break from social media; I see so much more conflict amongst youth through this form of media than any other.  Above all else, imitate Jesus Christ.