Friday, August 10, 2012

It Could Have Been You.

I've really wanted to write a post about the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and the shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, but I couldn't until now. I don't even know how to start or where to begin. When I heard about what happened in Aurora, I was immediately in tears and my heart bled for the victims and their families. The shooting that happened on opening night of "The Dark Knight Rise" in Aurora, Colorado, is one of the worst mass-shootings of U.S. history. 71 were wounded, and there were at least 12 deaths. What am I even to say about this crazy upside down world? The victims were not special people that lived abnormal lives. They were people just like you and me, who went to see a thrilling movie and it turned into a horror show. You can look anywhere over the web and hear countless stories of victims, heroes and eulogies. Some of them shot were children, mothers, fathers, spouses, brothers, sisters, boyfriends, girlfriends etc. It could have been you. It could have been me.

Then I found out just this Sunday that there was a shooting just ten minutes from my house. It was in a Sikh temple, and left 7 dead and 3 injured... To them it was just another church service. Another day you had to get up extra early for church. Smash some breakfast in your face, and pile in the car as your parents speed to church. Meanwhile you pray in the backseat that they won't get another speeding ticket again. You think its another crazy Sunday, just like any other, and in a blink of an eye, you realize it could be your last... It could have been you. It could have been me

Do not take your life for granted. Never. Remember tomorrow is not promised to you. Enjoy the little things. Take time to play with your little sister. Tell your dad you love him. Take your dog for a walk. Take a walk with God. Life is so fragile. There may be no tomorrow. So please don't get into fights with those you love about trivial things. Because when the curtain falls, and your life is done, what can be said about it? How many souls did you save? How was your relationship with God? I'm begging you! Do something with the life God has given you!

I would also like to remind you to please, please, pray for those still in the hospital or recovering from injuries. Also pray for the families of the victims that have been wounded or died in these horrible massacres. But remember, even though what happened was abhorrent and terrible event, do not forget: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28. In this verse it doesn't say all things are good....because this wasn't a good thing in any sense of the word....but all things with God's influence can work together so that something good can come out of it. So now you can decide to do something special and different with your life because of  these circumstances.