We've talked about what real love truly looks like before on WakeUpWorld! This story is a perfect example of it. A tornado raged through Joplin, Missouri on Sunday, taking with it at least 126 lives and injuring more than 900 others, making it the deadliest tornado to hit the United States in 64 years. When the tornado struck, Don Lansaw did what he instinctively knew he had to do: he covered his wife's body with his own in their bathtub, and he was killed. What has happened in Joplin is tragic. But there is beauty to be seen even in the greatest of tragedies. Don Lansaw has given us a great example to follow. We may not all be called upon to give our lives literally, but we can give our lives in love to everyone around us each and every single day. Maybe that's what the Bible means when it talks about "dying to ourselves." After all, sometimes the difference between good and evil is simply selfishness.
"Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).
Abortion, rape, violence, oppression, cutting, low self-esteem, guilt, shame, abuse, family problems, divorce, a broken heart, failure...So many of us struggle with defining ourselves by our most personal character flaws and our most painful past experiences. Tenth Avenue North reminds us with this powerful video that we do not have to be defined by our past mistakes. What has defined you? What still does?
What would you die for?
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down last Friday as the largest pro-democracy protest in the country's 18-day uprising threatened to take place. Tunisia's former president is also in exile. The situation in Egypt, however, is far from over as many workers have gone on strike with their demands and the future of the country's leadership remains unclear. But several other nations, such as Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Iran, Jordan and Lebanon are following in Egypt's and Tunisia's footsteps by taking to their own streets, decrying their governments and demanding change, even at the cost of their lives.
Thousands of protesters in Bahrain attended the funerals of the first martyrs for their cause on Friday. Rather than deterring the protesters, some are saying they are willing to be martyrs themselves. To them, the rights and freedoms of their people are worth the price of their lives.
WakeUpWorld! wants to know: What would you die for?
Mary Karen Read's last words in her journal before being killed in the Virgina Tech shooting were about forgiveness. Do you think it's possible to forgive someone even for the most evil and horrendous crimes of our world? Do you think we should? What would you say to the person who took your life away?
Reach Records artists Swoope, Jai, Tedashii and Lecrae have collaborated on a song called "Actions Speak Louder," now being sold in the iTunes store with 100% of the proceeds going toward the building of an orphanage in war-torn Southern Sudan. Meaning we can help to change the world simply by buying a song on iTunes for just $0.99. It doesn't get much better than that. Click to hear the song below, and then go to the iTunes store and buy it (even if you don't like it)! Thank you Reach Records for caring more about the world and those in it than money.