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What Should You Say To Your Kids About Terrorism At The Ariana Grande Concert?

As people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, May 22nd in Manchester, England, a bomb went off killing 22 people and injuring another 59. The British authorities have identified Salman Abedi as the suicide bomber. ISIS has claimed responsibility. Intelligence services are investigating.

Unfortunately, we are no longer shocked by stories like this. There have been similar ones in the past and no doubt there will be more in the future. This incident got my attention because so many of the victims that have been identified are young kids and their moms. I read that some of the victims were moms waiting to pick up their daughters after the concert.

Because Ariana Grande’s fans are typically younger and because of the pervasiveness of social media, I think it’s reasonable to believe that most American kids have heard of the bombing even though it happened in England.

That raises the question: “What should I tell my son or daughter about an incident like this?”

“I Am Nothing”: A Reflection on Rhonda Rousey’s Comments

In May of 2015 both Sports Illustrated and Business Insider named Rhonda Rousey the “world’s most dominant athlete.” She owned an impressive resume: the first U. S. woman ever to win an Olympic medal in Judo (Bronze, 2008); consistently one of the top three ranked judo champions in the world before moving into mixed martial arts; a UFC record of 12-0 with 11 wins coming in the first round and 9 of those via submission by arm bar. It wasn’t a huge surprise when she became the highest paid UFC fighter male or female.

But then, in November 2015, she suffered her first lost when Holly Holm knocked her out. In an interview on The Ellen Show shortly after that devastating loss she said, “I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and at that exact second I’m like, ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore? And, no one [cares] about me anymore without this.'”

5 Signs Of A Deserving Attitude

When I was about 10 my grandfather had a massive stroke while boating at the Lake of the Ozarks. I ran up the hill to call the ambulance that took him to the local hospital which then life flighted him to University Hospital in Columbia.

The doctors’ prognosis went from likely death to spending the rest of his life in a nursing home with 24 hour care. My grandmother was old school, depression era tough and she ignored the doctors and took her husband home. For 20 years she devoted herself to taking care of his every need. She sacrificed her well being, her freedom, her relationships for him.

When my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer in his early 70’s, the family hoped that after his death my grandmother would finally get the opportunity to travel and and live the life she’d been deprived of the past 20 years. She’d finally get some of the good things she deserved.

Unfortunately as my grandfather died, my grandmother was diagnosed with advanced cancer and she was almost immediately bed ridden and then dead herself.

Members of the family were frustrated that God had allowed this cancer to come so soon and take her before she was able to live a little. She deserved better.

4 Questions For Personal Examination

Are you asking (and answering) the right questions? I was sitting in a coffee shop with a group of guys that I regularly meet with and we came up with a list of unhelpful questions that people ask themselves.

  • Is this fair?
  • How can I get more?
  • Don’t I deserve better?
  • How do I compare to _______?
  • Why did this happen to me?

Each of those questions causes us to think more and more about ourselves. I’m tired of thinking about myself, aren’t you? And the Bible is pretty clear that being self focused leads to unhappiness.

In her book Seated With Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison, Heather Holleman gives 4 questions that Christians should be asking themselves. I found them to be very helpful.

4 Hard But Great Questions

VP Mike Pence Won’t Dine Alone With A Woman Who Isn’t His Wife…The Horror!

Vice President Mike Pence’s marriage was in the news recently when The Washington Post reported that he has a long standing rule that he won’t eat alone with a woman who isn’t his wife nor will he be at a party where alcohol is served if she isn’t present. There were all kinds of snarky

We Like To Help Poor People, Right?

Homeless man with dog and sign

I’m sure that you are happy to help poor people and are willing to give generously to those in need. Personally, I’m motivated to help a certain kind of poor person more than another.

I like to help poor people who are very responsible and don’t overspend. It’s easy to help the poor person who doesn’t buy junk food and doesn’t own a flat screen television. I’m eager to help the person with financial struggles who works endless hours at a minimum wage job in order to support their family or if he doesn’t have a job fills out applications all day long. I don’t want to help poor people who have vices such as smoking or drinking. I expect that the people I help won’t have a car and walk everywhere to save bus fare, don’t make impulse purchases, and value education.

3 Lies Complainers Believe

A couple years ago I came across an ad for a counselor that promised the prospective client their money back if they weren’t completely satisfied. I don’t know if that’s a smart business strategy because what person is completely satisfied with anything in life much less an area for which they are seeking professional counseling?

The natural response of dissatisfied people is to complain. Complaining is unattractive in others but barely noticed when it comes out of our own mouth.

3 Lies Complainers Believe