Random thoughts inspired by last week’s events

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There are some things in this world that make no sense to me.

Like how a man who prays 5 times a day can turn around and kill and destroy. Who is he praying to? Not my God.

Like a church that tells the world that God sent the bombs to Boston. Really? Whose God? Not my God.

Like a society that sees violence as entertainment – in its movies, its television, the games it plays. Who inspires this? Not my God.

All of this – ALL OF IT – drives me deeper and deeper into Jesus’ arms.

I once tried to walk away from Jesus. I was reading new age kind of books and they tickled my mind. This was a neat way of looking at things! But ultimately I couldn’t walk away from Jesus. So I turned around and ran back towards him.

I still can’t wrap my mind around a lot of stuff in the Bible. But I can wrap my head around this…the way God tells us to live is a way better way than what society dishes out.

Love thy neighbor.

Treat other people the way you would like to be treated.

Serve one another.

Thou shalt not kill. Or even think bad thoughts towards another person.

Think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

Work hard. Be patient. Persevere.

Be generous and kind.

Love God.

Because God IS love. I know a lot of people can’t wrap their heads around a God that doesn’t stop evil from it’s destructive ways. But it makes sense that we can’t wrap our heads around Him, doesn’t it? That’s what makes him God, isn’t it? He’s so much bigger than we can even fathom. I do know this much, however. God is all that is beautiful and right. And that’s enough for me to cling to Him as my rock in this world full of so much that is wrong.

And yet…..

There are a lot of good people doing good things in this world. Shining God’s light into it. And we saw that over the past week. And we needed to see that. Times like these help us reach inside ourselves to be better.

I know a Christian man who works with nurses and tells them, “you’re a Christian, you just don’t know it yet.” I love that. That part of us that is beautiful and right is of God, and if we are operating from that place, we are of God. Some of us just don’t know it yet.

There are those out there spewing hateful words against the two men who caused so much death and destruction. But hate is just another form of darkness. Yes, let justice be served. But we can’t focus our energies on hate. We need to focus them on love and do something to make the world better. Whatever it is. Just do something positive to offset the negative, like so many people have already done. Be inspired by them. Learn to love.

There is a picture of the little boy killed in the bombings that I can’t stop thinking about. I don’t want to link to the picture here on my blog, that seems like an invasion of privacy to this little boy I never knew named Martin. The picture of Martin has him holding a sign he made that said, “No more hurting people. Peace.” Instead I’m posting this picture my daughter Kelly took of a poster someone put up at the bombing site with Martin’s words.

peace

If that’s not a word of God to all of us, I don’t know what is.

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