It is hard to be a part of today’s world. There is so much evil, hurt, anger and suffering. I find myself avoiding the daily news because I don’t want to see another story about a parent who has killed their child, or a senior who was brutally beaten while going for a walk, or a gunman who opened fire on a crowd at an event.
Sometimes it’s just too much. We get dragged down by the sadness. The horrendous reality that another human has committed these acts is overwhelming and disturbing. It becomes difficult to sleep at night, and we lay awake praying for those who are suffering, a list that keeps getting longer and longer.
So what is the answer?
Do we avoid all media?
Do we shield our eyes when passing the newspapers in the grocery store?
Do we move to the middle of nowhere and live as a hermit in ignorant bliss?
Is it even possible to block out all of the tragedy?
In today’s world of technology, all news and information is available within seconds. There’s no avoiding the chaos. And living as a hermit is not the answer.
We may not be able to shut out the trauma around us, but we can do something in response to it.
Often in these horrific events, we are given a glimpse of the goodness in people. We see strangers helping strangers. We see people protecting each other. We see people opening their homes to those in need.
We see love.
And that is what we need in these times of evil actions. We need to respond in love.
Each day, whether there has been a tragic event or not, we need to choose love. That is how we defeat evil. That is how we make our world better.
We need to love first.
We are so quick to judge one another. We are quick to gossip, quick to curse another, quick to anger, quick to inflict pain whether emotionally or physically.
What if instead we were quick to love?
What if instead of judgement, we chose compassion?
What if we responded to rudeness with kindness?
What if instead of cursing the one who cuts us off in traffic, we ask God to bless their day?
What if we choose to love first?
I think our world would become a much better place if we all choose to love first.
It starts with you and me.
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