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Why does this happen…

The loss of a loved one is devastating. People are affected differently, react differently and mourn their loss in their own way. It’s never easy saying goodbye, no matter the age. The impact they’ve had on your life, no matter how long or short it is, can tear a person apart.

Sadly, a good friend’s family suffered the loss of a beautiful young child – tragic, unexpected and difficult to comprehend. Immediate shock and heart wrenching devastation for the parents, siblings and close friends. The nightmares of the accident, the guilt and sorrow that follow… no one has an answer of why this happened or even how this could happen to such a young life.

I can’t even begin to understand their pain… the anger and sorrow. I can only show support and prayer that God be with them so they’re not alone or lost in their grief.

Romans 8:18: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

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.

Why are they so difficult?

We all know that person, the one we find “difficult” in one way or another. Have you ever wondered why you’re the one that deals with that person? Whether they’re selfish, argumentative, condescending or just simply rude, somehow they know how to create chaos, and drama surrounds them. They drain a person, and their actions become tiring.

Why are we the one that deals with that person?  Is He asking us to handle something, is this an exercise to learn something, but what? It’s easy to respond, and not in a kind manner.

1 Peter 3:9: Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

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.

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.

It’s Just a Game

As I watched my daughter play basketball, I could tell by her facial expression that something wasn’t right. She’s a fierce competitor, one of those players people enjoy watching because she plays the game. She learned at an early age that no matter how the game is going, always be a good sport – a gracious winner and a gracious loser.

Her team was playing zone, and she was guarding the other team’s most prominent player. The opposing player dwarfed my daughter quite considerably. No worries there, my daughter isn’t intimidated by the size, she knows how to adjust her game and handled the other girl well.

As the game progressed, my daughter’s quickness and ability to anticipate the other player’s moves frustrated her opponent. Her opponent began to play rougher, not the usual pushing on each other, she took every opportunity to throw her elbow into my daughter’s side, scratch her with her fingernails, knock into her with her knees and hold her jersey.

My ballplayer once again stepped up her game and continued to outplay her opponent, and that’s when the verbal attack began.

As time began to wind down, and the score so close that either team could win, I could see by my daughter’s expression that she had had enough. At the time I didn’t realize that the 11-year-old girl my daughter was facing had been using profanity toward her and that was her breaking point.

Even though the outcome of the game wasn’t in my daughter’s team’s favor, my little girl hung tough and didn’t let off until the buzzer signaled the end of the game. I’m proud of my daughter. She handled herself with class on and off the court.

Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

What makes us happy?

If I were rich, I would be happy, correct? If I had a rewarding career, I would be satisfied, maybe? If I had a newer vehicle, I would never need another, right? And the list goes on and on – what defines happiness? Have you thought about what makes you happy? The other day as I was out for my morning run along the trail I was focused on the view. It was serene as the sunlight filtered through the trees and danced along the ground. The only sound was the crunch of fallen leaves beneath my shoes; it was hypnotic. With each breath, crisp, fresh air tickled my nose. It was peaceful, just Mother Nature and me.

I began to think about my life, my family and how good I feel about myself. Without hesitation, I thanked God for His many blessings and realized how happy I am with what He provides and how He answers my prayers even when it’s not what I expected.

Psalms 37:3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed.