It is in times like these when innocent lives are stolen from this earth in a matter of seconds, that we must sober up to reality or go on to stand for nothing of consequence. The Paris attacks have taken the lives of over 150 individuals - people who were one minute enjoying music at a concert or sharing good company in a cafe have suddenly been ripped away from their loved ones due to the pure evil that exists in this world.
This is the moment when the ice water hits your face and you wake up to what matters in life. Our lives are finite and that is never more apparent than now. Let us pray for the innocent souls in Paris and wake up to these everlasting truths:
1. There is pure evil in this world and we must either face it or allow it.
It is an unfortunate truth that the world contains unfathomable evil and that evil is currently far from contained. We either stand up against it or it repeats somewhere else.
Terrorists are no longer simply targeting airports or areas more commonly expected of these attacks. They are interfering with the daily lives of innocent individuals.
2. Regardless of where you are from, The Good from all areas of the globe will stand in unison now more than ever.
This is an evil that does not discriminate. It does not care about your race or where you are from; if you are lower-class or middle-class; It does not care if you are from Libya, Egypt, France, or the U.S.
But, against this evil, we WILL stand together. We are never more in unison than right now.
3. The future does not exist.
There is no guarantee of tomorrow. The past has already departed. All that we have is this moment. That is all that we truly know.
Do not waste your life away living in the future which does not truly exist. Live now. That is all that we have.
4. Your Friday night plans mean nothing.
Whatever you were worried about doing before truly does not matter. It means absolutely nothing in the scheme of things. Seriously - nothing.
5. What matters to you most in this moment should matter to you most every day of the week.
Spend less time caring what other people think. Spend more time caring what YOU think. You are the only one who can decide how to live your life.
But, times like these wake us up to what truly matters most.
Prayers for Paris.