Just earlier this week, it was a teenage boy in Vietnam who was accused of killing a 7-year old neighbour in order to use her gold earrings to pay for video games. Now, a New Mexico woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for neglecting to care for her 3-year old daughter, Brandi. Why? Because she was too busy playing World of Warcraft. Brandi literally withered and died from malnutrition and dehydration. Apparently there was so little food for her that she ate cat food.

Let's be clear here. Rebecca Colleen Christie let her real child die for something not real. It's easy to point fingers at her--and perhaps rightfully so--but sometimes it's easy for all of us to get so caught up in fantasy and escape that we actually begin to neglect reality.  Our family. Our friends. Our children. Our jobs. Our lives. Many of us are probably dangerously close to even the same level of addiction as Christie, without even realizing it or being willing to admit it. This is not a "Look at  what this terrible woman did!" kind of post. This is a reality check for all of us. What are we spending way too much time on without really accomplishing anything real at all? Where in our lives are we being incredibly selfish? What do we need to do about it? Be honest with yourself. And do it. Before it's too late. Before something in your life--or someone--dies.

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We're wired differently. There's no question. That's part of why relationships are so hard. We see things differently, treat things differently, react to things differently, and generally speaking, there are certain characteristics we associate more with women than men (kindness, sensitivity to others...shopping) and others we associate more with men than women (physical strength, fighting...eating lots of meat). So are we wired for different purposes after all (generally speaking), or are men and women really supposed to do all of the same things? Is this really an issue about equality, or is it really about different, yet equal roles in order for a family to benefit from the particular strengths and giftings of both the man and the woman? Is this really about "I can do anything you can do" or "How can we most effectively work together as a dream team to raise our kids well?" Mark Driscoll is a spiritual leader in Seattle. He and his wife Grace clearly come down on the side of different,  yet equal in the video below. What do you think? (Please discuss peacefully).
What is love, really? Is it really just about an emotional feeling? Or is there a deeper kind, one that lasts when the feelings fade? Jaeson Ma gives us his musical take. What's yours?
WakeUpWorld! wants to know what you think. What is love, really, to you?