Is There a Purpose for Everything?

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Do you believe that things that happen; do so for a purpose, even things that in and of themselves are horrible things to have happen? What about when someone is killed by a drunk driver or is killed in a mass shooting rampage or maybe even a child is abducted and killed? I can’t say that I have the answers but I have some thoughts about the subject.

On July 27, 1981 Adam Walsh was abducted from a Sears store while his mother shopped. He is assumed to have been murdered; although his body was never found; one person did confess that he had killed him. Because of what happened to Adam;  John Walsh, his father started the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 1984. In 1988 he started hosting the show America’s Most Wanted on TV and helped law enforcement catch hundreds of people wanted for serious crimes. On July 27, 2006, 25 years after Adam went missing, President George W. Bush signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act which created a national database of convicted child sex offenders.  It also increased the federal penalties for crimes against children and provided funding and training for law enforcement to fight crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children via the internet. On May 3, 1980  Cari Lightner was killed by a drunk driver. On  September 5, 1980 her Mother Candy Lightner started MADD ; Mothers Against Drunk Driving. There are hundreds, if not thousands of cases of people who were motivated by a horrible circumstance to do something that has benefited us all.

What if this horrible thing had not happened, would society have gone wanting for all the good these people did? You might say that these people were capable of doing this without the tragedy; and you are right but I believe that even if they had seen the need, the motivation would have been lacking. We have to be tempered by adversity to discover our strength. Will everyone who is struck by tragedy go on to do good? Of course not, some become bitter, mean, angry and lash out at the world, they blame God and everyone else for what happened. We can’t always control the circumstances but we can control our responses to them; some responses are just better than others.

You may agree or disagree with what I have written but I would like your thoughts; so please comment if you have anything to add to the conversation.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson


2 thoughts on “Is There a Purpose for Everything?

  1. in the instances where good comes from evil…such as your examples…then that is wonderful….and horrible that it took loss of life to implement. mostly, i believe there are few coincidences..i like to believe things happen for a reason…for the most part.

    wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could act proactively to make necessary changes in laws and procedures, without the loss of life? my fairytale fantasy…..knowing what is needed in the future, making it so.

    i enjoy your posts david…thought provoking always.

    • Thanks for your comment, Wanda. You are certainly right; it is a shame that we need that type of motivation to do what we could do anyway. I totally agree that things happen for a reason but we may never know what that exact reason is. My hope is that if something bad does happen; we have the wisdom to find the lesson we need to respond in a positive way. We humans usually wait until the pain becomes unbearable before we seek change; that is why a drunk must hit bottom before he is willing to get help. We ruin our health by our eating, drinking or drug taking habits and only then do we at the last minute, in desperation seek to change. We lose a love one before we can see the danger.

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