Pearl Harbor, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Challenger explosion, Columbine, 9/11, the Virginia Tech Tragedy. All days that will be forever etched in our minds and memories. Each generation has event that define them. For my generation, we remember the Challenger explosion, but for today’s college students they have been defined by 9/11. Unfortunately, our children and teens have grown up in a world dominated by fear and hatred. My challenge to you this day is to not let that fear control you. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7 that “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” We are even told not to be worried or consumed with anxiety in Philippians 4:6.
We can remember, we can honor those who lost their lives, and we can pray for the families that are left behind. But we will not be held hostage by fear or hate. Christ has called us to so much more. Let’s define this generation by what is accomplished for Christ!
Here is a great video from last year about faith, hope, and love.