The nearest metropolitan area to my ranch is Tulsa, Oklahoma. Disturbingly, the Tulsa Metro is experiencing a huge upswing in the number of infants and toddlers dead at the hands of an adult. (Tragically, there have been more since that story ran). Most of these children died horrible deaths at the hands of mom’s new boyfriend. I’ve read statistics that say a child is
eight times more likely to be sexually abused or killed at the hands of an unrelated male – especially when the child is left in the care of said adult male. I am not an expert on child abuse, and don’t want to debate statistics. I am, however, an expert on living through the death of a child – and the life-long emotional aftermath of grief that most people don’t see. I can’t even begin to think how that is compounded when the child was murdered.
How does this relate to the MasterKey experience? Boiling the MKMMA course down, the main point is to learn to become a self-directed thinker. Thoughts are the ultimate cause of everything around us. We can learn to control and direct our thoughts to be successful in life. In truth, to have any sort of lasting success in life, we MUST learn to control and direct our thoughts! Part of the MKMMA course is an assignment to do The Seven Day Mental Diet. I’m still working on that – but have found that life really DOES change when we change how we think.
In MasterKey 12-11, Haanel says, “Of course, worry, fear, and all negative thoughts produce a crop after their kind; those who harbor thoughts of this kind must inevitably reap what they have sown.” Sadly, this truth is playing out on our evening news with a crop of dead babies. Moms who do not value themselves (or, it appears, their children) are more concerned about having a man in their lives and their bed than considering what they can do to improve their lives – and consequently, the lives of their children. Instead, they bring in men with anger issues (and addictions to anger peptides, in addition to possible other addictions) and end up losing the most precious gift in their life – their baby.
It is impossible to enumerate the number of lives altered forever by one of these events. Obviously, the child. Mom. Dad. The Perpetrator. The Grandparents. Aunts. Uncles. Siblings. The ripples in the pond just keep expanding – all due to one cause: the inability of individuals to control their thoughts and actions.
While my MKMMA classmates and I are learning to be expert operators of the greatest mechanism on earth – the mind – in order to achieve our goals and “be a success” in life, it should never be forgotten that NOT HAVING these skills can literally be a matter of life and death.
May God minister abundant grace into the lives of all those people affected by these tragedies.