Friday, December 14, 2012

Be the Good

I've been really upset by this news all day. Senseless violence as I see it. I know there are going to be a lot of new barriers put in place to protect us: stricter gun laws, more security, physical barriers at school. And then people are going to delve into the "whys" look for "trigger points," "Why did he do this?" How can we prevent this in the future?" "Can we pinpoint societal pressures? Violent video games? Too much t.v.?" The researchers will hash it out, figuring out what kinds of things are leading to our demise.

One thing I know is clear.

The problem is not violent video games or psychoanalysis or the availability of guns. The problem is what we allow to go on inside of ourselves.

You know that time you did something mean, and instead of feeling sorry about it you laughed about it with your friends. Or the time someone made a mistake and instead of giving them the benefit of the doubt you mocked them and wouldn't let them live it down? Remember that time somebody stole your parking spot at the mall, or cut you off, or construction slowed you down and you were mad about it all day?

What does all this have to do with senseless violence, do you ask? We all make choices everyday. Every decision we make shapes how we view the world. I know that Satan is powerful enough, if we are not trying our hardest everyday, he can make with us as he wishes. Because if you are not taking control of yourself, you are giving him the reins.

I want to be better. I want to find kindness and joy in this world. I want to spend my time not bringing other people down, even if it's just in my mind. And I want to teach my children to do the same.


  1. Beautiful Ashley - Thank you for your insight on this and the wonderful spirit you have!

  2. Thank you for this Ashley! I agree completely.

  3. I totally agree with you. Just helps me to realize how blessed I was to be raised in a loving family and how important my little family is now.