When unimaginably tragic events happen, like they did in Connecticut today, I am reminded that we are only here for a short time. Things do not matter. Money does not matter. Most things in this world are merely a distraction from what is most important. How you treat people matters. We are all God’s children and He loves each and every single one of us the same and beyond what our human minds are capable of comprehending.
Days like today remind me that I need to make sure I’m focusing on the important things in life. If Jesus were to return tomorrow, would I be ashamed of myself? If He showed up right now would I feel confident that I have been kind to all of His children and as helpful as possible?
Times of pain and grief provide sobering perspective. We find so many ways to distract ourselves and place such importance on “things”. Well, you can’t take “things” to Heaven.
Is it important to work? Yes. Is it important to provide a life for your family? Absolutely. Do I need an expensive pair of shoes? Nope. Is it ok to have them or want them? Sure. But it should not be what we value most, and definitely not what makes our hearts smile.
What makes my heart smile is helping others. What would happen if every single one of us started our day thinking of ways we can make Jesus smile…? Think about it.
A Joyce Meyer recording recently started me thinking this way. I highly recommend listening to “I was always on my mind”. Here’s a link, click here.
We are bound to get distracted, and as time passes the awful feeling of pain will gradually subside… but I hope I retain this perspective forever.
We lost a family member/close friend this summer and I felt this awful feeling of loss and numbness at the time, followed by disbelief and then (eventually) a feeling of peace. I know he is in a much, much better place than us. It still stings and I still wonder why he had to leave so soon…but..I know we will see him again one day.
These sweet angels whose lives were stolen from them today are with our Father in Heaven. They are far away from this evil world and in the arms of our Savior. The pain their parents, families and friends must feel right now is unimaginable. It is every parent’s worst fear for something, anything, to happen to their child. We can do nothing to take that pain away from them, but pray. However, praying is the best thing you can do for them. Every time you think about what happened and get that sick aching feeling in your stomach stop and say a prayer for them.
Let us all remember we are only here a short time and every second of our day is an opportunity to help someone, hug someone, love one another and make Jesus smile.