I am so anxious writing this because I feel in immense sadness, because I feel someone else’s sadness. A young man was murdered in my hometown, this week, I didn’t personally know him but heard of him before. It’s just sad though because I see it as another young black man falling victim to something that he didn’t ask for. He was simply just at the wrong place at the wrong time, and got his life taken from him. For the past few days I have been seeing his child’s mother and his family express their sadness, love, hurt and pain on social media. It hurts because you can really find no words to ease someones pain when they randomly get someone taken from them that they weren’t expecting to happen anytime soon. This young man was only 24 years old, and had a son, that will now have to live without his fathers presence in his life. It makes my heart hurt for them, although I could never truly feel the depths of the pain that they are feeling because I was not connected to him.
The heartbreaking thing is that this continues to happen in our country each and everyday. This continues to happen to young black men, because other young black men continue to kill over things that truly don’t deserve someones life taken from them. All I can sit back is ask why? Why must it be this way? Why must young men take the life of another young man? They have no remorse, they have no thought of the fact that they have taken a son from a mother, a father from a son, a man from his girl, a brother from his sister and so much more. They don’t stop to think about how their own family would feel if theirs lives were taken. The perspective however this incident gave me was that life is short. Life is way to short, and the truth is you never know what day will be your last. For a minute it struck a small bit of fear in me, because I too have a son that I am raising, and I begin to think about what this world will have to offer my child as he grows into a young man. I began to rack my brain with all the scary things this world is and how horrific it is getting, and how these things will effect my baby. But I realize that fear is what they want you to do. Fear is the thing that enables you to do nothing, it will keep you stuck in a mindset that will get you no where. So, although fear is what I was feeling for a short period of time, I remembered who it was that I believed in and that is God. I know that he is bigger than all things and that he will protect me. God doesn’t kill people, people kill people, God doesn’t like or want all this evil in the world, but because we are given the free will to choose, evil is on the up rise. But I know that even though evil is on the up rise, that God is the most high and he will see me, my babies, and others who believe in him through.
I just hate to see someone else’s life taken. I just hate to see that this young man was in the mist of changing, and wanting better for his life, but he will never get the opportunity to do so because his life was taken from him. Life is so short, and in the midst of the world that is starting to loose love, ones life is no longer valued as it used to be.
Seeing this makes me truly appreciate my life, and the life of loved ones around me. It makes me see that petty stuff is not worth the bitterness, anger, worry, stress and etc. it makes me see that the key purpose of life is to truly love and live it. To love everyone despite the mistakes they may have done against you, or in their lives. Life is to short to sweat the small stuff . Life is to short to waste it on valuing things that maybe here today and gone tomorrow. Life is to short to take for granted the moments that you have today. Life is to short to complain. Life is to short to argue and fight. Life is to short not to love. Life is to short not to do your very best that you can. The saying is true that you only have one life to live, so make the choice today to live life on the positive side because there is already enough negative in the world on its own.
Live today, Love today, Be in today, because today is all you have.
Matthew 6:19-21New International Version (NIV)
Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:9-13New International Version (NIV)
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
R.I.P to ELMO aka DB