Words + Actions

My mind is in a tailspin right now trying to process what happened yesterday. Yet again in America, we are facing another mass shooting.

And yet again, the sorrow and heartbreak is met with “thoughts and prayers”.

I say this hesitantly because I am a Christian, a Christian who believes in the power of prayer. But does it seem like the phrase “in our thoughts and prayers” is nothing more than an empty sentiment now, a sentiment that comes with zero action to back it up? It feels that way to me. And honestly, I am almost tired of hearing it. I am tired of hearing those words uttered from Christians or assumed Christians, with nothing to follow.

Let me repeat that I believe in the power of prayer. Prayer is vital to our world and without it, we lose our lifeline to God.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 

So here is my question to you, are you praying? When you say that someone or something is in your thoughts and prayers, are you actually praying? Or are you just throwing those words around to extend sympathy?

And better yet, if you say you are a Christian, are you acting like one? Do you show the love of Christ to others, to those who are hurting, hopeless, broken? When was the last time you talked with someone who didn’t have a relationship with Jesus? Or are you simply stuck in your bubble of righteousness, pleasing the masses with your sentiments?

I am angry, but I am not angry with God. I am angry with His people. I am angry that we have lost our empathy, our kindness and our love. I am angry that ‘being a Christian’ no longer requires action or accountability.

“We have divorced the message of Jesus from the method of Jesus while expecting the same results.” – Jim Putman, The Church

Jesus teaches us to love our neighbor as ourself {Luke 10:25-37}, to love our enemies {Matthew 5: 43-48}, and to forgive others. {Matthew 6:14-15}

 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13: 34-35

As Christians, are we emulating Jesus? Would others know us as disciples of Christ, by our love? I desire others to see Christ through me; although, I know I fail. But perhaps, if we as Christians did as Jesus commands us, then the tragedies we are seeing, on what feels like a daily basis, would be no longer.

If you are a Christian, take this as a call to action. Please pray. Pray for our broken world. Be patient, be kind, hug someone who is hurting, let them know they are loved. Share Jesus. Our world needs Him oh, so desperately.



  1. February 16, 2018 / 2:22 am

    Courtney, your words are truly so beautiful. Everything you said couldn’t be more true. It’s saddening to hear people say those words, when yes there are a lot of people who aren’t truly praying. I love how you said I’m not angry at God, I’m angry with His people!

    Another thing, thank you for sharing this because with all of this happening people are just blaming. Blaming our society for having guns and other various things, but at the end of the day that’s truly not what is going to change everything and make this world a better place. It’s the empathy, kindness, and love.

    • awesomeonoccasion
      March 2, 2018 / 10:28 pm

      Yes! Exactly! That is exactly my point. Thank you so much for reading!

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