My heart goes out to the grieving family and friends in Parkland, FL who are connected to Wednesday’s shooting. I’m sure many are struggling to understand why this happened, why these lives had to end so soon. I’m confident that God has the answer though we may never receive that knowledge on this side of glory.
While this horrific event was taking place, however, my school was running a planned intruder drill. We had no idea that the very thing we were practicing for was already taking place at another school. Even without that knowledge, we take our drills very seriously. In fact, a few students were not which resulted in a very stern talking-to from the administrator.
“What’s the big deal? It’s only a drill.” With that response, can we ever truly be prepared for the real thing? Hopefully, it doesn’t take the real thing to cause us to take it seriously. How will firemen know how to put out a fire if the only time they use their equipment is when putting out the real thing? How can we trust a heart surgeon who has never worked on a real heart nor ever practiced on a fake one? That’s why we drill, to be prepared for the actual event. It is best that each “drill” be treated as the real thing.
This got me thinking. Do we treat life like a school emergency drill? Maybe we are tempted to think that what we do doesn’t really matter all that much. The reality, however, is that life is no drill. What we do today makes an impact on tomorrow. Even more, what we do today will make a difference for eternity. We have one life and only one chance to get it right. If we don’t take it seriously today, how will we be prepared for what is to come?
Take time to evaluate life today. Pray for those who lost loved ones in Florida. Remember that life is short like a vapor. Only what is done for God’s glory is going to be meaningful. So take steps to live that purpose-filled life as you continue to…
Walk in Him.