Not too long ago, my mom, in regards to the recent movie theater shooting in Colorado, said something really wise and observant to me (and it’s stuck in my brain for months) – we, as a culture, don’t value life anymore.
We kill people for sport in video games. We pay money to see people die on the big screen. We defend abortion and make it politically correct. We eat animals that have been mistreated. We pollute our water, ransack the environment, and abuse living things big and small. Every minute of every day, we justify killing God’s creations.
God is saying, “I made you. There is no one else like you. You are My precious child. I made this whole world. Look at the beauty around you and enjoy My creations.”
And our actions are screaming, “I hate Your creations. They’re not good enough. I need more. I’m the master of life and death. This isn’t what I planned for my life.”
When I close my eyes, for a moment my heart connects with my Heavenly Father – and I feel His deep, deep sorrow and disappointment in how we’ve brutalized His creations. And as tears stain my cheeks, I’m convicted of how I’m just as much a part of the problem. Being in the world, but not of it, is so much easier said than done.
My thoughts on this topic – valuing life and how to cultivate and demonstrate such an attitude on a daily basis – are very incomplete at the moment. God is still molding those thoughts. But I don’t believe this is the last time I’ll be addressing it on this blog. In fact, I think the Lord may be breaking me in this particular area, in order to share and do more here in the future.
But here’s what I do know. At some point, we need to stop in our tracks and start acting like we believe that life, and God’s creations, are precious. And it starts with me (and with you). Let’s explore more of what this means in the new year.
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