Annapolis is my hometown.
I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve hung out downtown with friends eating hot dogs from Pip’s Dock Street Dogs and licking an ice cream from Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory as it’s melting faster than I can lick. Or the amount of times I’ve watched the Fourth of July fireworks from one of the parking garages. The amount of times I’ve gone downtown in the middle of the night playing guitar or even playing my drums. Not to mention the church I attend is in the heart of Annapolis.
In light of Thursday’s shooting at the Capital Gazette, I wanted to give my response.
Workplace shootings happen, and unfortunately in this day and age shootings have become all the more common. More and more people wonder if this type of thing will ever happen in their school, their workplace, or even their hometown.
Most of us actually go about our daily lives hoping that we never have to live in fear of this type of thing happening.
Honestly though, at any given time this could happen.
This could happen anywhere.
This could be your hometown.
This could be your workplace.
These people could be your co-workers, your friends, your family, etc.
This could be your hometown that is getting politicized and used as an example of Trump’s “hateful” rhetoric on the media.
It can happen to anyone, anywhere at any given time. This shouldn’t allow us to live in fear or even stop being lights in a dark world.
Yes, unfortunately shootings happen and politics aside, we need to take a look at our gun laws and our mental health care system – and maybe I’ll write another post about the guns laws and mental health care system soon.
We shouldn’t allow these shootings to break us, to make us spend our whole lives living in fear.
Life is way too short so spend your life worrying about the what if’s. I’ve learned to trust God with my what if’s and but’s, and give Him full control.
Today I want to challenge you guys to be a light, to spread kindness.
Maybe reach out to an old friend, talk with someone who you may disagree with politically, or even call your mom or grandmother just to talk to them. Help a neighbor mow their lawn, pay for someone’s order at the drive through, etc.
There are endless ways that we can spread kindness.
It will cost you $0.00 to be kind to someone.
In times of tragedy is when we need to come together more than ever as a nation, rather than to allow hateful rhetoric and politics divide us.