September 11th Remembered (revised)
Humility and Greatness
Today marks the anniversary of a dark event in American history. An event that for all of us is both hard to remember and then impossible to forget. At 8:46 am, five hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. This was the first of four tragic attacks that would come to be known simply as 9/11. Within a few short hours nearly 3000 people would be dead with three states being affected directly while the world watched. The fabric of humanity would be pulled and stretched to test the very limits of its decency. Mankind gave us a glimpse of how ugly and twisted it could become, or rather… did become. Mixed into the black picture of despair were bursts of courage and sacrifice. If evil would show us its depths then righteousness would also shine in with a dazzling splash of compassion. Strangers put aside their differences; kindness went on display in ways never before imagined. People of high places humbled themselves and assumed positions and tasks which otherwise would never be considered.Others of unassuming and common stations ascended to greatness. No matter who you are or where you come from, no matter your take on politics of foreign policy… if you were alive that day and old enough to remember… you were affected.
Attack On the Twin Towers
A Reason to Hope
As I consider all that took place, and all that has taken place since, I can’t help but wonder why we don’t exercise our goodness more regularly. Why must we go dormant until tragedy falls in our midst? How much better would all of our lives be if compassion and kindness were the order of the day? If we would push ourselves to go the extra mile with a little more frequency, maybe… just maybe tragic events like 9/11 could be avoided. We could all be aware of the fact that humility is within our makeup, as well as understand that we possess capabilities even when our energies and resources seem to be exhausted.
What Sticks With You?
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Reaching for Greatness
As we remember 9/11, I would hope that we could remember that we shouldn’t repay evil with evil, but rather overcome evil with good. We have only to look back over the years since the event to realize that when put to the test we can reach for greatness and expect to grab hold of it. After all, the biggest challenges we face are the strongholds of our mind. We would all fair better if we simply remember to set aside everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring every thought into the obedience of Christ.