The tragedy of the past week has left us all reeling with unbelief at yet another act of violence directed at children and adults in a school. Unbelievable doesn’t begin to describe the torn emotions. None of us can imagine the horror and we wonder how we can just move on without impact. We will move on, but not without impact. This is not a case of lessons learned where we can look back and say, ‘Here was the fault; here’s where the situation could have been prevented.’ There is none of that. How could anyone have predicted something like that? But what can we learn from any tragedy? We can learn new procedures, better security, preventative measures, and here’s something else we can learn – and bring it down to a personal level. Relationships – with our families, with our friends, and with individuals in our path who need a word of kindness, an empathetic ear, encouragement in any form.
Can we be sensitive today to our children, to our spouse, to our parents, to our co-workers and neighbors? When we speak, can we offer praise for some insignificant act? When we correct a child can we use words that encourage rather than put down? When we are dealing with pressures at work, can we assess the situation for what it is and understand that we all come from differing perspectives on the same subject? Instead of anger, can we be a calming influence?
There are no do-overs. We need to remember that even though the past can’t be changed, not even the tragic circumstances that we want so badly to have never happened. But we can change the future by working on our attitudes, our heart actions and making a difference with our words and how we react to every situation – especially when we are connecting in relationships with other people. Let us care for others with our words and acts – how about starting today?
Psalm 49:3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.