Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tragedy strikes

Tragedy is around every corner it seems.

I feel as if I've lived in a time where school shootings and bombings have become almost too common.

But being that I studied in the field of behavioral science, I can't help but think about the psyche of the individuals who take upon themselves to commit such heinous crimes.

My mind begins to wonder towards the Freudian perspective... Maybe they had issues with their mother. Maybe they weren't hugged and loved as a child.

I find myself internally debating nature versus nurture. If maybe individuals are simply genetically predispositioned to act as if they do or possibly have they been brought up in a world that encourages hatred and revenge.

People are capable of atrocious acts.

People are capable of rape, theft, murder, and genocide...

People suck...

But more than ever, I'm just encouraged to love people.

Maybe there are genetic predispositions that play a role, but maybe how we treat each other really does make a difference.

Individuals who made decisions to bring guns to school and open fire on their classmates have never been the popular kids.

It's been the freaks, the rejects, the ostracized...

Always with an agenda. Always with a score to settle...

I would never in anyway condone or try to make light of any lives that have been lost in these tragedies...

But what if these individuals felt loved and accepted. What if they felt hope and confidence instead of hopelessness and doubt?

What if I told you that you could personally prevent another tragedy...

"A lot of you cared, just not enough..."

What if we started truly loving people. With no agenda, without the goal to get them saved, but we just loved them?

What if people saw Christians as loving selfless individuals, rather than judgmental hypocrites?

I think about how drastically this could change the world...

But I have to remember, it starts with me...

It starts with letting go of grudges and hate and prejudice.

It starts with putting others before myself.

It starts with letting go of all my preconceived notions of how the world is, and realizing that I can make a difference.

It starts with love.

Will you join me?

My prayers go out to Boston...

"Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I'm changing myself"

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