The Reality of What’s Important

By Lorana Hoopes

I know there is a lot of fear circulating right now about Trump, and I can’t say I disagree. Though there have been some good things, there have also been a lot of items we should keep our eyes on. Evan McMullin is right when he says that Republicans especially need to keep Trump in check and not just let him bowl them over, but as Christmas dawns tomorrow, I hope we can take a day off to really consider what’s important: family and friends.

I’ve been going to my gym for ten years and it’s like family to me. People know your name when you walk in and we share triumphs and trials together. This past weekend, I found out a girl who had recently started attending our gym was killed in a car wreck. That was hard enough to deal with, but then it came to light that her husband and two year old daughter were also killed, but their five year old son survived. I didn’t know her well enough to know if they had close family, but I hope so.

As I look at my own sweet daughter who is just a few months younger than hers, I can’t imagine my life without her. Nor can I imagine how much my six year old son’s world would be rocked if he lost all of us in one day. My prayers go out to the son and the extended family as they deal with this tragedy.

I don’t write this to bum everyone out, but to point out the important things. This election season has driven a wedge between family and friends, and while it is important, it is not as important as those we hold most dear. So I’m asking you to take a day off from hating Trump or needing a safe space and look around at your loved ones. Tell them you love them and hold them close because the reality is we don’t know when we might end up like the family I mentioned above, and I don’t know about you, but I’d rather the last words I say to someone be words of love instead of words of hate.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Lorana Hoopes is a Christian author who focuses on the inspirational with a touch of romance.Her books are available at Amazon.

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