It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the tragic school shooting at Columbine High School took place. Too many lives lost and so many more changed forever, pieces of innocence stolen from students for whom their biggest concern should have been about their prom date or biology test.
Remembering events like these serves as a reminder that we battle not against flesh and blood but against the principalities and powers of this dark age, a reminder that a single moment in time can shape and mold a lifetime, some positive, some negative, a reminder that the true battle is taking place for the hearts and minds of people.
As a parent of teenagers, I am keenly aware every day that they walk into their school not knowing if they may confront a similar situation one day. Sadly, I am aware as well that kids much younger have to confront this same uncertainty.
If we are aware that every day may be our last one, that every hug and kiss goodbye could be the last time we see our loved ones, it may give us pause enough to remember that we shouldn't sweat the small stuff, and most of that which we get bent out of shape about is small stuff.
I am glad that schools have improved their security systems and processes, but the best security systems in the world cannot prevent the inclination of an evil heart to do what it has pondered to do.
It is a reminder that when Jesus says He is the way, the truth, the life, the resurrection, the living water, the true vine, and when He says that He offers peace and joy and hope, this is news we must share with others so Jesus can change peoples' hearts.