I am sure that most of us by this point have heard about, or are at least are familiar with, the shootings that happened in Charleston. If not, this past week nine people were killed during a bible study in a baptist church due to a man’s hatred for another race.
Reports say that the man was attempting to start a wide spread “race riot”. One person spoke out in reply to the man’s prior comment, “[He] has failed miserably. We all grieve together tonight.”
If there is one thing that Charleston, South Carolina has taught us it’s how to love…even when it looks hopeless. The victims that night took in a clearly broken man into their quarters and welcomed him fully unaware of his intentions. And now, in the aftermath, we see a town who is choosing to love during a seemingly unlovable situation. Charleston has used love to unify their town that is shaken to its core. What an example they have set for all of us.
Let me ask you…
What would the world look like, if everyone in it behaved just like you?
Would it be filled with “happiness”? How about “compassion”? Could that society even exist?
If I’m being honest, a world with 7 billion me’s would look like an overly critical society. One that would be concerned about the future and less about the “now”. And would be filled with corny puns. (And tons of Chiptole. But regardless…you see what I’m getting at.)
I think it’s important to remember that you have incredible power in our society. What you do, matters. Do you know how I know that?
If a man who can kill 9 innocent people in cold blood (act of hate) and the result is the unity of an entire town, how much more can be done by the way you choose to love?