The Alex Teves Challenge

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/29/us/colorado-shooting-alex-teves/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

From the article:

“If you want to describe Alex in one word, he was just good,” says his father, Tom Teves. “He wasn’t a standout in anything, but he cared about people.”

It is the goodness of humanity that Teves wants the world to know and remember: the virtues of his son — and the 11 others killed at a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado.

That desire has taken shape as a crusade. In the midst of mourning his first born, Tom Teves has wrested purpose from his grief — the Alex Teves Challenge, he calls it. He demands that the media stop naming and showing images of the gunmen in mass murders.

If you continue reading the article, you will see that the father of Alex Teves wants everyone to remember the heroic acts of those who perished at that movie theater in Colorado, and not the act of cowardice that took so many lives.

His message is geared toward the news media but it carries a broader meaning that can be put into practice by all of us.

Focus on the good, not the bad. Let good triumph over evil.

Bad things will happen and our lives will not be void of hard times, sometimes extremely hard times. The world is not a perfect place.

But, no matter what it might be…even something as horrific as someone walking into a crowded movie theater and shooting innocent men, women, and children…we don’t have to dwell on the evil act, nor do we have to let evil win.

I don’t know if Mr. Teves had this in mind when he came up with his challenge, but I’m going to offer it here anyway:

Romans 12:21
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Let’s keep the good in the forefront, whether it’s in the aftermath of this tragic event, or just the every day doings of our lives.

Let’s live our lives in a way that promotes good, not evil.

Let’s be positives, not negatives.

Let’s accept this challenge and overcome evil with good.

God bless.

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