Reality Check

Friday, July 20, 2012

I feel extremely impressed to write tonight.
My mind is racing.
After hearing about the tragic shooting in Colorado last night at the movie theatre and watching
the news show tonight that interviewed many of the victims and their families,
I cannot even begin to explain what my heart feels like.

I remember exactly where I was when I heard about the Columbine shooting.
While I was younger, I remember being bothered by it, but nothing has shook me quite like this incident has.
As I'm sure like many, I keep asking-  'How in the world could someone do this?'
My heart breaks for the people who were involved.
I can't fathom being a part of this event, nor can I even process it.

Reality is, it happened. And Has happened. And unfortunately probably will happen in the future.
I felt challenged tonight watching the news.
My heart feels heavy.
Do I really love people enough? Am I so caught up in my own little world that I'm missing out on something bigger? Am I really investing my time and energy into what the Lord truly has for me?
In the car on the way home tonight, I heard lyrics to a song I've never heard before and it said this:

In my own little world it hardly ever rains
I've never gone hungry, always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet
In my own little world, population me

I try to stay awake during Sunday morning church
I throw a twenty in the place, but I never give til it hurts
and I turn off the news when I don't like what I see
Yeah, it's easy to do when it's population me

What if there's a bigger picture? What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose I could be living right now?
Outside my own little world

Father break my heart for what breaks yours
Give me open hands and open doors
Put Your light in my eyes and let me see
That my own little world is not about me

[My own little world- Matthew West]

Feeling convicted is an understatement.

Father, forgive me.

For the reality check that was given to me after hearing about such a tragedy, my prayer is that I will see something bigger than just myself. That I will love people more, that I will spend my time investing in things that matter, that I will not just be bothered by the things that break God's heart but have the courage to do something about the things I can, that I would be a prayer warrior for the families and people who are hurting, and even more so for the shooter. May I be less quick to judge people but more inclined to see them through Jesus' eyes. May I care more about people's souls than anything else. May I never forget the fact that we are never promised tomorrow and that each second is a gift from God. 

I am thankful for the reality check I was given today.

I challenge you to remind the people you care and love, how you feel about them, and would you join me in praying for the people affected by this tragic event as well as for the shooter?

Are you in your own little world? 

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and rescues those who are crushed in spirit."
Psalm 34:18

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