Sometimes It's Better To Color Outside The Lines

Sometimes It's Better To Color Outside The Lines

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Sometimes it's easier. Easier to stay inside the lines. Sometimes we get caught up in our own comfort-zones. We forget to be adventurous, to take chances. We forget that when we step outside our comfort-zones, we experience growth.

I used to find comfort in the comfortable. If something felt uncomfortable or unknown, I would excuse myself from the situation. I was so content in being content. But, I eventually realized, I wasn't moving forward. I was stuck. Being content was great, but it was more than that. It was my safe zone, my go to, my everything. I closed myself off to things unknown and I closed myself off to the plans God had for me. It wasn't just that I was safe within my comfort-zone, but rather, I idolized it. And because I idolized it, I forgot about moving forward. God was nudging me, but I was so comfortable in my own little world, my own little corner, that I missed many of His nudges. But, I've begun to change. I'm finally learning it's sometimes better to color outside the lines.

It's not that easy though, but I'm getting there. And when it gets difficult, I look to He who guides my steps.

Joshua 1:9

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

2 Timothy 1:7

"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."

Jeremiah 1:8

"Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord."

Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight."

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There Is No 'Right Way' To React To A Shooting

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After the shootings this year in New Zealand, Brazil, and close to home for some of us Aurora, people have been reacting in different ways. With some offering their thoughts and prayers, donating money to help pay for the funerals of the victims, fighting for action in regards to ending gun violence, candlelight vigils basically anything that can help them in this time of grief.

There is no right or wrong way to react to a shooting — everyone grieves in their own ways. We should not judge one another for how we grieve in a tragedy.

People have been saying that thoughts and prayers won't do anything. However, maybe it can be a comfort to some people—a way to let people know that they are thinking of them and that they care.

Sometimes people may want to donate money or blood to help out any survivors who may have suffered from blood loss or create GoFundMe accounts to either help out with medical expenses or to pay for the funerals of the victims or even start charities like Islamic Relief USA. Donating your time and money is a good way to help out because you are making a difference that is a form of action you are taking.

There is also grieving in the form of vigils. One example of a vigil is this guy who makes crosses every time there is some kind of tragedy. Vigils are often a good way to remember the victims, to pray for the healing of the survivors, to talk about what they were like as people.

Some people even want to take action by demanding that the laws change a good example of this would be March for Our Lives, which happened after the Parkland shooting last year. This march was fighting for gun control or should I say changes in the gun laws America currently has.

Some people also do acts of solidarity, for example, wearing a hijab like the prime minister of New Zealand did when she went to go visit the Christchurch shooting survivors. My community college had something a couple of years ago called Hijab Day to help show solidarity with our friends. I participated, and it was quite an experience—no one should ever be afraid to be who they are.

There is never a right or wrong way to react, and no one should ever criticize one another for how they react. It's not a test where there is a right or wrong answer—everyone is different and that is okay.

No one should ever have to be afraid to go to school, go to work, or go to their place of worship or wherever they decide to go. Whatever we decide to do to make a change, as long as we are taking some kind of action, is good enough for me.

Nothing ever gets done by sitting around and doing nothing, so whatever it is you do, get out there and do it. As long as you are showing support it doesn't matter how you show it.

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