How sad for us human beings that it often takes a tragedy to get our priorities right. Haven’t you found after some tragic event that things that you and I thought were very important have become insignificant? What is our purpose on earth? What is really important?

As Christians, there is just one answer and it is quite simple: “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.“ Our lives are not to be spent for self, but for Jesus. We are to love our Lord will all that we’ve got! Jesus is jealous for that intimacy with His children, so much so that He reprimands those who have left their first love.

We were all moved by the attack on our nation on 9/11. However, in what direction have we been moved? I love our nation, but lighting candles and singing “God Bless America” apart from a radical change in our priorities and lifestyles, will amount to nothing.

It is time for the Bride of Christ to wake up. It is time for us to clean up our house first. Only then can we be of true help to the many that are hurting all around us. We’ve been shaken up. There is a desperation in our prayers, attitudes, and priorities. I pray that it never fades away because that is the attitude we need to maintain.