World Tragedy: We, The People

We can find ourselves with constant questions, about the tremendous brokenness of our world. People always ask why these evil acts happen. It simply just keeps continuing, though there’s no doubt – one day it’ll come to an end.

In my picture perfect world, people would enjoy life with the ones they love, and wouldn’t require darkening their visions with all the poison we’re living with. I guess…I just envision a world that truly consists of living, loving and laughing. Not naive, just wishful.

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Just in my city alone, there’s been countless tragedies this past year. Sutherland Springs, in particular, stands out…Here was this congregation of believers, gathering as they had every other Sunday morning. And the majority who were there – were then just gone. Because a man was angry, and had a desire to see people suffer.

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Then there’s the numerous teenagers shot from gang violence, either because of direct involvement or because they were simply unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time. And then, we heard of this young girl – my youngest daughter’s age – who took her last breath Thanksgiving Day. Why? Because her brother was on the outs with another gang member, and her death was just an event that took place during a retaliation.

It sickens me. My stomach tangles in knots when thinking about it. What if this was my child? What if that had been our church? It’s all just too much!

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Yet I know..the suffering is certain to end. Nothing will go without punishment. I guess that has to be enough to be sure of.

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Anybody whose name wasn’t found written in the book of life, was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

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Discipline, Integrity And Hope

The best lessons for building our integrity are learned from the trials that we go through. I’ve had to face my share of difficulties; and I suppose it’s a necessary part to the whole life experience. Building our integrity, through discipline, brings hope.

Part of the growing process that comes from these difficulties, is having to work our way through them. At first, it seems like a hopeless task. And we certainly don’t get through it independently! But for the grace of God.

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All these things, as true as they are, still don’t make what I’m going to say next, less bittersweet. I’m not doing my kids any favors – in fact, I could end up stunting their growth – when I attempt to play Supermom and rescue them. As human beings we’re prone to making mistakes, and we have to learn from them.

“But that’s my job – It’s my purpose!” Yes, I know that’s what we train ourselves to believe, but we cannot be more wrong. I don’t allow them the gift of seeing they can overcome their hardships without Mommy taking over. They’ll never have an opportunity to see that they don’t have to fear failure. Messing up isn’t something to be afraid of; it just provides an opportunity to keep trying.

AND THIS HOPE WILL NOT LEAD TO DISAPPOINTMENT. FOR WE KNOW HOW DEARLY GOD LOVES US, BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US THE HOLY SPIRIT TO FILL OUR HEARTS WITH HIS LOVE. ROMANS 5:5 NLT

A Habit Of Hope

Hope requires some practicing. Once it has become a habit, it’s possible to attain true joy. While they shouldn’t always be reliant on me to get them through difficulties, they will always have a guide in God. That IS His purpose!

He’ll never let them down, because He loves them and will continue filling their hearts with His love.