My Monday morning was just like any other weekday ;
step on scale
begin brewing coffee
let Smudger out back door
make bed while coffee drips
pour steaming rejuvenation into seasonal ceramic cup…
… and all I could think about was
how “the same” my morning is
and how “the same” theirs will never be.
Friday morning was like any other.
The families in Connecticut had no idea that this would be the last morning
to help a boy tie his shoes because he hadn’t yet mastered the art …
to pour milk over her cereal because the jug was new and too difficult for small arms at an odd angle …
to remind a son to make his bed before he left for school …
to lavish a daughter with the words, “Have a good day. I love you,” before she climbed out of the car.
Dan Pearce introduced me to a campaign supported by MTV: Love is Louder.
Isn’t it amazing that MTV helps promote this campaign?
MTV … with programming that highlights things that aren’t healthy …
like teen pregnancy, gossip, immodest fashion, excessive drinking, disrespect, greed and sex outside marriage …
knows that love is louder.
I’m betting many of the folks there do not see the tension and disparity between their station’s programming and the project.
The campaign’s video tells us that
Love is louder than
bullying, hate, depression, loneliness, stress, anger, fear, anxiety, insecurity, anxiety, discrimination and abuse.
And they are right.
God’s word says that …
Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast. Love is not proud or disrespectful.
Love is not self-seeking or easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres.
Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13)
LOVE is so crazy BIG!
The Bible also tells us that God IS Love. (1 John 4:8)
And, yes, Love is louder.
I’ve said before that I want to make a difference.
I don’t want to live a life without influence and power to change lives for better.
I want to influence for good the people who I come in contact with …
whether they be personal friends, grocery-store-line acquaintances or
people who stumble upon this blog.
Like people all across this nation,
I see the pain, anger and destruction around me
and I feel helpless.
But we all have power and influence in some realm … with some people.
We don’t know the story behind the shooting in Connecticut
but, what we can safely assume is that Adam Lanza needed help.
As outlandish as this may sound, there is something you can do to help prevent another tragedy like this.
You can love.
Stick with me here ….
Accept people for who they are … where they are.
Offer support .. a listening ear, an understanding heart, open arms.
People are messy. Talk about the tough stuff. Ask probing questions .. and listen to answers.
Offer encouragement to a young girl. Tell her she is beautiful. Find something positive in her attitude, her actions, her control.
Offer respect to a young man. Find good in his life, his work ethic, his words or his efforts.
Send a card. Write a message. Take a gift. Make a call.
Step out of your comfort zone and work on accepting people who you just.don’t.understand.
When we only love and accept those that are l.i.k.e us, in a way, we are only loving and accepting ourselves.
Because someone is different … doesn’t make them wrong.
A listening ear and open arms might not have prevented Adam Lanza from doing what he did …
but if ENOUGH people in his life had reached out … things might be different.
We don’t have the power to change the past,
but we might help prevent another person from becoming an Adam Lanza.
This week, while your life speeds by …. busy, empty or chaotic ….
it probably speeds by “normally.”
Would you consider being “out of the ordinary” …. “abnormal?”
Offer love that is louder
than the brokenness that screams around us …
because it’s true:
LOVE is louder.