I woke up to my loved ones being here. Some in Paris did not.
What should we do now? What can we do?? (Note that this is coming from someone who is NOT in France, but in the U.S. ).
1. Make sure any family members and/or friends you have in that area are safe and okay.
If they are not, do whatever you can to help them.
2. Pray. Then pray some more.
"Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven," - Psalm 107:28-30
Pray for Paris. Pray for Peace. Pray for Justice. Pray for redemption. Pray for protection. Pray for physical and emotional healing.
3. Freak out a little.
It is perfectly fine for you to react to the atrocity that has happened in Paris. In fact, if this doesn't freak you out at least a little then there is a problem. The most recent death toll I have seen is 158. 158. That is not normal. That is not okay. Realize that it is so not okay.
4. Don't accept this as "normal".
What is sad is how events like these are becoming more and more common. If we become numb to them then what kind of people are we? Where has our compassion and courage gone? It is not normal. It isn't. It should never be.
5. Look for the good.
In events like these there is always some shining good that comes out of it. God brings light to the dark. He can take what was meant for evil and turn it into good. Just read the Bible - it is riddled with stories of this. He has done it in my own life. When we see the good prevail, the evil loses some of its power. It loses its impact. I'm not saying ignore the evil - but don't also ignore the good because the evil seems so big.
6. Help YOUR community.
Your time on this Earth is limited. Do more than enjoy life. Pour into other people. Put others first. Give before receiving. Maybe if some of the people who did these horrible acts experienced unconditional love throughout their life they wouldn't have wanted to hurt humanity.
If you knew your life would end tonight, who would you regret not talking to? Not forgiving? Not apologizing to? Not telling them that you love them? Tell them. Tell them now - you don't know when your life clock will stop ticking. Love like every moment is your last.
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