Paris has recently been under the “microscope of the world.” This past week they endured acts of terrorism that resulted in 17 deaths, all because of a publication that exercised its right to freedom of speech. There is no use in going over the details of this incident again, for most of you who have kept up with current events already know the story. I would like to focus more on the “outcome after the outcome.” This event could have easily “divided and separated” everyone, but yet it seems like the opposite has since happened. This past Sunday Paris had a national rally of unity that was supported by between 1.2 to 1.6 million people. That is “extremely encouraging.” Often when tragedy strikes there is usually a lot of anger, resentment, and thoughts of retribution. This act of terror was a nasty one, but when you can take a tragedy of this magnitude and actually become “closer” as a result of it, then that “speaks volumes.” Terror will always be a part of this world, just like murder, crime, and all other foul acts of violence. When we allow terrorism to rattle and break us, then we are giving them “way too much power over our right to life.” Those that plan terror need to see that their own actions will not break us at all, but rather make us stronger. The world stands behind Paris on this day, and those terrorists who thought they were victorious can now see that their actions have “unified the world.” This world could never be perfect, for if it were then there would be nothing to strive for. As bad as wars, crimes and acts of terror are, we have to accept the fact that we will never be able to abolish them totally. We need to show that while these people may take lives, they can’t take away our spirits. Killing innocent people won’t make you a martyr. It won’t make you someone that God will highly favor. It won’t stop the rest of us from “striving on.” I applaud the people of Paris and their “unification of spirit.” I honestly believe the world is now a better place because of it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Please make the most of it.
The Elgins (“heaven Must have sent you”) and Brett Jolly in concert