Last month, my former roommate was shot and injured in Moscow, Idaho, during a shooting rampage. These shooting rampages should really make us angry. The inane public debate on gun control should anger you even more.
We were missionaries together in Bratislava, Slovakia. He was a type-A wunderkind who excelled in every situation, an exacting teacher, with a heart of gold. The idea that anyone, other than his former students, would want to shoot the guy is ridiculous. He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The shooting of Michael Chin is just the most recent example of how something is broken in American society. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know how to fix it. I will be a part of that solution, however.
Gandhi is often quoted as saying, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The serenity prayer asks for “the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can …”
None of us can undo what happened to Mike. None of us can change society’s problems overnight. What we can do and should concern ourselves with is how we can make sure those closest to us never have to feel the pain of a Columbine, Aurora, Newtown or Moscow.
We need to worry about how to change ourselves, because that is the most important, empowering and actionable focus in every situation.