2.22.2014

Prepared for a purpose By Antoinette Tuff


870 children waited in fear as their elementary school rushed into lockdown mode. As the nation faced yet another Sandy Hook story of tragedy, one woman rewrote the ending.

Yet the story doesn't start with those first steps Michael Hill took into that Atlanta elementary school. It starts with Antoinette Tuff, a woman who faced her own pain, hurt, and rejection, yet held onto grace, faith, and hope. A hope that anchored her in the most high-stakes moments, a grace that allowed her to empathize with a hurting young man, and a faith that gave her the courage to love him back from the brink.

This is more than just the amazing account of tragedy averted. It's the evidence of what we can do when we allow ourselves to be used by God. And it's a story of how God uses all of our life experiences--the good and the bad--to prepare us for our own moment of divine purpose.

 What a woman of God! Antoinette tells a story, not only of a woman prepared for a purpose, but also raises awareness to mental illness and how serious it is. The things she went through in her life were all preparing her for that fateful day when a young man held her at gunpoint. This sure is a story of a true hero, whos faith in God helped keep her calm and saved the lives of many teachers, staff, students and officers that day. One never knows how strong they are until being strong is the only choice they have. I had never heart of this incident but so very thankful it never escalated into another Sandy Hook or Columbine
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