Tru Access Blog - Boston Marathon Faith Over Fear

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims of yesterday’s senseless and horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Like many others, I immediately reached out to family and friends. My wife and I lived in Boston for 10 years and have attended the Boston Marathon and the Patriot Day festivities on many occasions. Had we still been living in Boston, we would have likely been there along with other friends who were in attendance. The biggest difference for us this year is we would have been there with our 11-month-old son. As thankful as I am that my family and I were spared from experiencing that tragedy in person, my heart still goes out to all those that directly suffered from the incident. It could have been any of us. Today our entire nation grieves with and for Boston.

Having children, I can’t help but think about what is becoming of the world that we live in. Your natural instinct as a parent is to provide for and protect your family. The primary responsibility of a man to me has always been Chief Priest, Provider and Protector. Yesterday’s incident obviously got me to thinking about additional safety precautions and measures for my family and where, when and what future events would be safe to attend. As I began engaging in conversation with family and friends, including discussions with a lot of my younger associates, my perspective began to shift. I got back to seeing things through a lens of faith, rather than fear.

Hearing and seeing things through the eyes of my Millennial friends helped to remind me of how strong and resilient this generation is and how strong and resilient this country is. There was a pole taken in 2007 that indicated that the event that most shaped this generation’s attitude and beliefs were the attacks of 9/11. That generational shaping event helped to form this generation’s resilience and resolve. I think it’s natural for older generations to become more cautious and over protective after events like this. I was reminded in my conversations however that there is a difference between being cautious and being a victim of fear. I was encouraged from my conversations and want to offer some points of encouragement with Boston and all of America during this time of pain and suffering.

7 Simple reminders that I garnered from those conversations:

  • If your heart isn’t filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear
  • Do not give power to things designed to give you a spirit of fear to keep you under control
  • Be Courageous
  • Always fight for what you believe in
  • Good always defeats evil
  • Love freedom more than you hate bondage
  • Love never fails

We’re praying for you Boston and all of those that were affected across the nation.

“Fear believes in a negative future; faith believes in a positive future.” ~ Tru Pettigrew

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