Today, we had an Active Shooter training at work. I hate that we live in a world where, at a place that cares for the families of sick children, we have to have “trainings” on what to do if someone comes in with the intent to commit a mass murder. We talked a lot about the mental aspect of being ready for these events. But, 2 things we talked about have stuck with me, and I want to share them here. 

1…. “Build your ark before the rain.” We were talking about being mentally prepared for catastrophe before it happens, so that we are not stuck hesitating when it does. But this can be applied to so many parts of life. Finances. Relationships. Jesus and our eternity and salvation. Start now. Do what you can now, because one day, it will be too late. If you want a healthy life, start today. Not next week, next month, or next year. Do it right now. “Hide and hope is not a plan.” Take action, along with prayerful guidance from the Lord. Do what you can. Study new things. Travel new places. Learn. Grow. Improve. Be great. 

And 2…. the threat is most likely going to be from within. While we were talking about, again, the threats of mass shootings, this took me back to my anxiety. I’ve been struggling with it lately, and I’ve been grasping for outward comfort. “If I just pretend to be okay, maybe I’ll feel better.” “Maybe if I avoid tough conversations, it will all just go away.” These things aren’t true. Be honest. Be open. Tell others how you feel, because if rocking the boat makes them abandon ship, maybe they were never meant to be there in the first place. The only person in charge of your happiness is you. YOU make a decision every day to dwell or to overcome. I choose to overcome.

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