Tuesday, April 17, 2007

If anything is Excellent or Praiseworthy

"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."

Philippians 4:8

As we deal with yesterday's tragedy at Virginia Tech - some with prayer, some of us with tears, some punching a wall in frustration - it is helpful to repeat St. Paul's words continually, as we remember again that we are not home yet.

God, as usual, helped my focus yesterday when I recieved a phone call from our Virginia warehouse manager. He was calling to let me know that I might have to fill in for him, as he may be traveling up North for a friends funeral.

Brian told me the story of his 23 year old friend, and how his life had been robbed over the weekend by a drunk driver. The young man was on the side of the road, after a minor fender bender with a young woman. As they exchanged information, he saw an out of control vehicle coming straight towards the woman. He ran and pushed her out of the way, but was hit by the car himself. He died later in the hospital.

He gave his life for a woman he had never met.

As we can easily dwell to thoughts of the gunman in Virginia - the media and "talking heads" will make sure we have little choice but to dwell on it - we must remember that there are still people who's actions are excellent and praiseworthy -so let us dwell on those things.

"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

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