Sep 12 2011

After Shock Comes Clarity

Maybe you're feeling like this too today…like you're glad that the 10th anniversary of 9-11 is over…now we can stop reliving the past and move forward.

Remember the feeling of September 12th.  That's the day that I want to remember and honor.  the day when she schock began to wear off, and the country began to decide what to do.  

After the shock came clarity.  

Ten years ago today…we got off our couch…stopped staring and crying in front of our tv's.  We put out American flags, we met our neighbors, we fell to our knees and prayed, and vowed to do something for others.

 

I remember stores ran out of flags…people waited in line to give blood…even showed up to help at Ground Zero.  Millions were donated to charity.  This is a day to celebrate the American spirit.

I remember being changed that day.  Before I admit to being self absorbed 10 years ago…no kids yet, just working on my career, had just bought my first house…was focused on accumulating things…and felt so empty.  I remember a friend calling me asking me that day if she should could to church with us.  I realized life wasn't about me…and making the perfect life…it was about others…and focusing on that, has never steered me wrong.  

 

I think it's fitting that the 9-11 Memorial opened in New York City today.  It's a fresh new start.  Maybe there's something in your life that you need to give up and close the chapter on…and start staring at blank page and fill it up with good stuff.

 

Tell me what clarity you received after the shock wore off of 9-11…Share your September 12th memories

Stories shared today:

Personal Ground Zero by Amanda Carroll

Honoring the Memory of 9/11 By Honoring the Memory of 9/12. Ariana Huffington

Serena Williams Loses Her Cool. NPR

Secrets of Skinny People. Huffington Post

2012 VW Beetle ads open with fist bump for male buyers. USA TODAY

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Sep 11 2011

Your Own Personal Ground Zero

As I prayed today before going on the air on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, I have to admit, I had a lot of personal baggage on my mind that I needed to get off. 

I began to pray, "Lord Empty me of me…and fill me with you."

I knew that my problems were not big compared to those that lost loved ones 10 years ago today in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, in a field in Pennsylvania, on a fire truck…and all the troops that have been lost since then.

I don't know about you, but I fight a bit of depression on days like this.  When sad stories are all around you, it starts to sink in and fester, and you can't get away from it. 

Maybe you're in the midst of your own personal Ground Zero.  Feeling like you have been left in the valley of the shadow of death…and you're sitting in a pile of ashes.   Well, here's what I've learned while scratching my way out of that valley.

God's not doing it on purpose.  He's not trying to teach you a lesson.  We live in a world where evil people do evil things…they choose something over God. 

But, you can choose God.  He says he is not counting up your sins, and that someday he will wipe every tear from your eyes.   He promises never to leave you or forsake you, even though you may walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  He grabs ahold of your right hand and gets you out.

All you have to do is decide to hang on. 

It's never too late to begin to become the person that God wants you to become.

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