Saturday, January 01, 2011
I originally intended to blog tonight about my goals for 2011. However, something happened today in my area that called on my heart so much that I want to write about it. A Deputy Sheriff was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning. She was taking an evidence photograph, and was executed with a shotgun. She never had a chance to defend herself or call for help.
Heaven gained an angel, but earth lost a hero.
How often each day do we take the gift of our lives for granted? How many mornings do we awaken and set the tone of our day based upon what number the scale reads? How often do we look at the mirror and hate our bodies, condemn our strech marks, chastize our thighs, curse our cellulite? How often do we judge the merit of a day based upon what we chose to eat?
If you want to change the world, change yourself. The first choice you need to make, though, it to love yourself and be kind to yourself. The Bible says to love your neighor as you do yourself...well...if you're hating yourself for any reason, how can you love anyone else?
Every single moment of life is far too precious for us to judge ourselves for even one second. Be thankful that your heart beats, your lungs fill with air, your brain thinks, and your spirit lives. Be thankful that each and every day you have the glorious opportunity to be an asset to this world that needs love and kindness from all of us so very much.
All the lies, crime, violence, hate, neglect, apathy...it just has to go. It has to start at home though. It has to start with not treating yourself in such a way.
Look in the mirror in the morning, and tell God how thankful you are to be here, and how thankful you are to have what you have, because your life is absolutely the most precious gift you have and will ever be given. Regardless of whether you are fat or thin, it doesn't matter. What really matters is that you are a precious and perfect creation of God.
Hug and kiss your children as often as you can. Tell your husband/wife that you love them at every opportunity. Spend time with those you love. Send flowers just because. Go out of your way to do nice things for strangers. Love and kindness grows where it is spread.
RIP Deputy Suzanne Waughtel Hopper. Thank you for your service.