There is No Silver Bullet

‘Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.’

Colossians 3:2

Some feel like if they only had this or that, won the lottery, or got rid of something else they would be complete, or at least better off than they are now. For example, an increase in pay or new job, a faster or nicer car, new clothes, new home, new spouse, new kitchen, fill in the blank! We all know the feeling associated with more and better, at least at first.

It doesn’t take long for reality to set in because everything comes with a price. More pay probably equates to more responsibility, stress or time at work. New things mean additional payments or strain on the budget. A change in spouse means extremely difficult emotional adjustments and consequences.

there is no silver bulletUnfortunately, there is no silver bullet for becoming successful or happy. It’s a choice to be the best and do the most with what we have at the moment. Ironically, if we set our sites on the things of this world we will not see the blessings and graces Christ has bestowed upon us. I believe the desirable effects of the silver bullet can be found with daily focus and the consistency of a faith-filled life.

If we all lived within our means, helped the others around us, made hobbies of giving away versus collecting, or visited loved ones or those without, we would be living more closely as Christ desires.

‘Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.’ Colossians 3:12-13

By following this advice, perhaps, we would put the silver bullet makers out of business.

Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them

Yesterday the valley where I live experienced an unspeakable tragedy.  Two of our beloved journalists were gunned down on live television:  Alison Parker and Adam Ward.  Our community is heartbroken.

Vicki Gardner, the person being interviewed by Parker, was seriously injured.  She is a member of one of our local parishes. 

Yesterday’s heartbreak also called to mind what happened in our area eight years ago when a gunman went on a rampage at Virginia Tech and killed 32 persons and wounded 17.

I do not have adequate words at this time, I’m not sure I ever will.  But if I could ask one thing of our readers – the one thing that St. Monica asked of her son, St. Augustine, while dying:

That you remember those who have died as a result of this horrible violence, especially Alison and Adam, their families, friends, colleagues, Vicki Gardner, and the Roanoke Valley at the altar of the Lord, wherever you may be.

St. Monica, pray for us.