Wallow or Worship; Solve or Serve?

I do not know what motivates people to intentionally cause such tragedy as seen today in Boston. I do not feel led to spend countless days and hours trying to figure that out.

I do know that I am to use my time to lift up, inspire, encourage, and motivate others.

I may not ever understand why people behave in such evil ways, but I can do my part to fill the world with love and kindness. I can do my part to lead the world to Jesus by loving them the way He would.

And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

My job here on this earth is to encourage, to warn, to comfort, to uphold, to be patient, and to pursue what is good both for myself and for the group as a whole.

Friends, you to have a job on this earth. It is your choice to do good or evil. And you get to make that choice every minute of every day.

Sometimes my attitude gets the best of me and I find myself saying and doing things that God wouldn’t have me do. Then in light of an event like today, I’m reminded of just how important, how crucial, one positive word, gesture, or effort could be to an individual who is contemplating evil.

Rejoice always.

I can get caught up in the depression that is tied to today’s events. It crossed my emotions. This type of senseless attack is so devastating to so many. It saddens me greatly.

However, if I allow myself to sink into depression, I won’t be lifting others up. I will be wallowing in the pits of despair. The evil will have won. Instead, I’ll rejoice that today’s tragedy wasn’t worse. That so many people survived.

Pray without ceasing.

I’ll lift up those affected by today’s events. Including the ones who caused the tragedy. I’ll pray that this type of event doesn’t happen again. That God’s people will have such an influence over the world that evil will be stopped in it’s tracks.

In everything give thanks.

I’ll thank Him for every opportunity He’s presented me. Every trial, every tear is simply another opportunity to serve Him and to grow.

We can wallow or we can worship.

We can attempt to solve or we can simply serve.

Friends, the time has come to drive the evil from our lands. The best way to fight the darkness is with the Light. Want to end hatred? Drown it in love.

Jesus is the Light and He is the Love that the world needs.

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