Tragic events, like the Las Vegas shooting, have a way of polarizing those involved.
The events can force someone into a horrible corner, where they have to deal with trauma and anxiety and depression, or they become a catalyst that sharpens them for the future.
Jason Aldean, is playing shows again. He and his band were actually on stage when the massacre occurred, so you can imagine the weight he feels in having to get back out and performing, just to be an encouragement to others.
Aldean chose to remark on all the positive stories that come out in the wake of tragedies.
“It’s been cool to see all the love and support that’s been going on for the last 10 days. If we could do that on a daily basis the world would be a better place.”
He then came alive with indignation. The frustration filtering through of what he wand thousands of others were forced to live with for the rest of their lives,
“They’re gonna try to continue to hold us down … make us live in fear and be scared…To those people I say: Fuck you, we don’t really care.”
However you want to slice it, Steven Paddock was a terrorist. His intent was to senselessly murder and instill fear and terror into as many people as he possibly could. Unfortunately, he succeeded. But, we all have a say in making sure his victory is as short lived as possible. For him, it was short lived. Whatever emotional reward he received doing what he did was abruptly over the moment that bullet entered his brain and gave him a first class ticket to hell.
For the rest of us, we don’t have to let his memory have the satisfaction of making us cower one moment, or one day longer.
It can seem cheesy almost, looking to musicians or public figures for inspiration to go on, but we’re human and this is how we’re wired. We’re communal beings, and we look to community for examples of someone getting along better to use it a catalyst to inspire our own growth and victories.
This foundation can only truly come from having a deep relationship with God.
Philippians 4:6 tells us, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
We have all we need to be set free of of oppression and anxiety in the Word of God.
The next verses in Philippians finishes the thought in verses 7 and 8, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
And then gives you an action plan in verse 9,
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Obtaining the peace that God provided for us lies in laying ahold of his promises as if they were written specifically for us, and then just doing what it says. In this case, meditating on the things it says to meditate on.
The world is a dark place, but it doesn’t have to be dark in our minds or in our spirits.