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Why can’t we learn?

The actions of others affects us all. Over and over the me syndrome takes its toll and harms the we. Why does this cycle continue? Why haven’t we learned from the past?

As you think about this, I’m sure your answer isn’t limited to one event or situation. Whether it’s personal, state, national or global, the decisions made by others affects our lives.

Recently, a little closer to home, a small group of parents and teens took action against one person, a person who gave of themself to benefit others. As the story unfolds, those that ousted this person had their own personal agenda to attack and harm; their goal achieved.

In the wake of their destructive ways, there are numerous casualties. Those that are wounded without knowing why they’ve become a victim at the hands of others. Sadly a new war rages as fingers point, insults fly and blame is placed by so many; most are reeling from the initial attack orchestrated in secret by the few.

Ephesians 6:11: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

 

Heavy Heart

Today I woke to hear that once again innocent people have been harmed. Without warning while going about their daily routine, their lives changed forever. My heart is heavy for those that lost their lives, those that were injured, and the families and friends that are affected by others actions. Exodus 20:13: You shall not murder.

It’s difficult to wrap my thoughts around the why, the who and the how. There people in the world that spend time thinking of how to harm others, but why? To prove they can? Were these people bullied as children? Were their lives at home so miserable they carry a grudge against the world, against people they’ve never met? Who are these people? What are they about and why is their only goal in life to harm others?

Showing the world that you’re a bully and will act without compassion or lack of respect for life makes you tough?

Life is a gift, a gift from God. Our time on earth is precious, and we should not waste it pursuing trivial or petty things. He is a loving God and what we do does matter to Him. He gave His only Son for the lost, for sin, for us.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Threat…

Every day I hear it, it’s real, not just words thrown around. I’m never really sure if I should respond or listen. How does it happen that one person dares to subtly hint to others of the peril they face, and not because of their actions, but due to those by others?

It’s baffling and frustrating to hold on so tight as everything begins to fall apart. No safety net, no one will know about the threat – the person doing wrong will continue their ways.

Psalms 28:7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

Don’t give in…

It’s difficult to not react, to not repay the wrong that is done to you, even when the attacks continue to come. For months I feel as if I’ve been in a battle, alone on the front facing many who believe that it’s their right to attack an innocent person as they cause harm to not only myself but so many others. Every day is a new battle, it’s tiring and it chips away at the strength it takes to champion and defend those that are innocent.

Prayer helps, it does; however, the battle continues. I’ve asked numerous times why I’m subject to this, what is it that I’ve done or what am I supposed to learn – I don’t have an answer, I only know that I’ve suffered, my family has suffered as well others. But, seeking revenge or even the thought of retaliation isn’t an option. I’ll grow through this as I must stay strong and move forward with good, not evil.

Romans 12:17-21: 17: If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. 18 Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. 19 Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” 20 Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” 21 Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.

Accomplishments

Have you ever had one of those days? You know the one where you’ve done a lot but accomplished nothing? Typically it’s not a bad day, just busy and nonproductive.

When the five o’clock hour approached yesterday, I couldn’t believe how much I hadn’t gotten done even though I had been busy from the moment I walked in the door. How does this happen? How did I put in a 10 hour day and complete nothing for the day? I didn’t even stop for lunch, just snacked on everything in sight because I had so much to do.

While at home I found myself thinking about my unproductive day. I should have put everything behind me, but I couldn’t. My day kept playing over and over in my mind. I wasn’t bothered, just shaking my head at not being able to let the day go.

My first thought was a trip to the gym, which always makes me feel better, that would be the answer to letting go of the day. After shuffling children to and from their nighttime activities, I made my way to the gym where it’s just me and my music. Such a good feeling to focus on nothing; however, all too soon that distraction was over.

I decided that I would look over the notes from the day to figure out why I was so restless. As I read through my day, I thought about everything I had worked on, the phone calls I had taken, the people I helped, and then I realized how productive my day had been. I had accomplished a lot – prep work for projects, made sure those in need of assistance had been taken care of, resolved numerous problems, and did all of this between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

I took a deep breath and smiled, even though I felt as if I had done nothing but spin my wheels all day; I had accomplished a lot – it was a good day!

John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

We all have a to-do list, whether it’s daily, weekly or monthly, we all know what needs taken care of in our lives. It’s easy to flow through your life making sure the daily chores are taken care of, bills paid, children off to where they need to be – it’s a routine.

The question I find myself asking is where are you going in your life?

Years ago, I found myself tasked with a variety of writing assignments that ranged from marketing campaigns, relationship management, and customer service enhancement, incident mitigation; executive messaging, scripting and speeches, public relations, research, product literature, web content, social media management as well as advertising, and proposals. It didn’t matter what the piece was; I was called upon to be the lead writer.

What was disheartening was that no one appreciated my ability to research, how I took time to understand the topic and how I could let the words gracefully flow resulting in works of art. Okay, not works of art, but amazing pieces that benefited my employer, and with the types of projects I was assigned, I knew what I was producing was top notch.

During my time of writing for everyone else I found that my love and enjoyment for writing would lead me down a different path, one that wasn’t going to be easy, one that I would put on hold time and time again, one that would take years to accomplish. It’s easy to go to work and know what you need to achieve for the day. It’s not difficult to go home at the end of the workday and take of care things there; however, it’s difficult to do something for yourself.

The day I began to pen my novel series, well, I didn’t realize what a long road it would be. I’m sure I’m not the only writer that gets excited when they have what they believe is a bomb of an idea for a story and can’t wait to let the thoughts in their head spill out for all to read. It’s a good feeling to know that once you’ve written, and rewritten, and tweaked, and started over, and stopped, and started again, and again, and again, that when you feel your work is finally ready for the next step someone will jump at the chance to represent your work – oh wait, now the tricky part begins, correct?!

It’s exciting to read about others who have made it, and they’re a published author! Typically their road was filled with bumps too. You can hear their joy as they proudly announce how they’ve signed with an agent and their book is one step closer for the world to read.

That’s motivation for those of us who dream of being the next Stephen King or J.K. Rowling — just knowing that one day too we will be there, that we will be an inspiration for others to not give up on their dream of being a number one selling author — inspiring someone else to write, inspiring someone to read!

2 Chronicles 15:7: But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

THE STRUGGLES of MANY

All too often we’re caught up in our own lives, never really thinking of those around us. We’re quick to be too busy to talk, and we’re ready to judge. We tend to praise our accomplishments and judge when others don’t complement our hard work.

We’re all busy, correct? We’re all handling something in our life that causes extra stress or brings joy to our day; however, more often than not we put ourselves first.

For the last two months I’ve been busy, so busy with work, family, trying to stay ahead of housework, paying bills, holidays, rolling into a new year with school and work, coordinating everyone’s schedules, upcoming trips for school events, basketball, softball, baseball – oh my, have I forgotten anything???

In all of that chaos, I hadn’t noticed what was happening around me. My life is always fast-paced, and I’m very organized, so usually, I’m very aware of not only my life but those that I care about, whether their professional connections or my friends; however, I had fallen short.

It began mid-December, I was so inundated with work after several coworkers decided to take time off to be with their families during the holidays. For three weeks I was in early and out late, rarely taking time for lunch and thankful when my spouse or one of my coworkers would surprise me with something to eat. I found myself in the office on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to make sure that everyone that was working knew they were appreciated.

It was weeks before the dust began to settle – everyone had finally returned to work. I finally had time to reach out to people in my life that I hadn’t connected with for weeks. How my heart sank as I learned that an amazing person in my life had begun their fight against cancer, that two others were dealing with workplace bullying from their supervisors. I realized how disconnected I had been.

Not too long ago I read an interesting take on Wearing Hope. I wish I had a copy of this piece. It made me think. From what I can remember, it talked about Faith, Hope and Love being Spiritual Gifts, powerful but abstract. So how do we wear them?

I’m not going to do this piece justice, and the day I read this I thought to myself that I would never forget what I had read. I’ll try my best. We wear our faith and don it every day to live for Christ. Our hearts are wrapped in faith and knows God’s love. We’re safe from sin and blows inflicted by life, our trust is tested every day, betrayed by those we call friend, and at times even loved ones; however, we face these trials clothed in love and forgiveness, and we’re protected by hope as we focus on God’s salvation.

1 Corinthians 13:13: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

A Heavy Heart

Death is a part of life. One is part of the other. It’s difficult to talk about loss and yet so easy to boast about gain. Accepting the good is easy, acknowledging our accomplishments is rewarding. On the other hand, I find myself stammering for words when another life is gone.

My thoughts turn to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s such an engaging story; it’s difficult to put down. The narrator, Death, draws the reader in with its emotionally stimulating monologue. Death has no gender and merely referenced as it.

As daunting as it was to read Death’s words I felt compelled to learn more about what it had to say. With every word I read, I tried to suppress my emotions, after all, it’s just a story of a young girl living in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, but written about one of the most tragic topics ever, the Holocaust – so much pain, suffering, and death.

Accepting the loss of a loved one, a friend or even those that touch our life isn’t easy. It doesn’t matter what their age or how they died, the fact that they’re no longer with us is difficult to accept. We’re afraid to let go, and if we acknowledge our feelings we may lose them, correct?

I’ve always believed it’s healthy to grieve, that it’s a process, something everyone does differently. I should acknowledge my feelings so I can say my goodbyes knowing that God has been there all along. What a comfort there is in trusting God to handle everything allowing me to rejoice in life and be comforted with fond memories of a life that has left this earth.

Romans 14:8: For whether we live, we live unto the Lord, and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.