God gave us a precious gift from the second we were conceived. He gave us the gift of life. It saddens me to read the newspaper or watch the news about the senseless violence, accidents, suicides, drug abuse, and women having surgery to enhance their physical appearance and die. Only if people can realize God lives in us. God is love. He created us in his image. I do not understand the reason people are not connecting with God. If people allowed God in their lives, they will know peace. They are allowing things and money to control them. People cannot live life thinking the only way to be happy is through sex, drugs, violence, and plastic surgery. Young women and men are thinking life in the fast lane is going to make people love them more. No. This is not true. The only person that could love you is you. I believe in my heart when we start to put God first and allow him to show us how to live every day, there would be less sadness in this world. People would show love and compassion towards one another. Life is not easy. But you have one life to live. Do not be afraid to live it. We need to stop hating and hurting ourselves. Do not allow life challenges or mistakes keep you from moving forward. Mistakes our experiences that teaches us lessons. God forgives when we ignore his words and do what we think is best. He waits for us to return back to love. He does not judge. If you find yourself feeling defeated by your poor choices, ask God to show you how to make better choices.