We had a conversation at dinner the other night about how every time John Paul does something good, that's like kicking the devil in the pants. He got a HUGE kick (ha. ha.) out of this - every bite of dinner he took was a good thing, being obedient to Mom and Dad helped him KICK THAT DEVIL IN THE PANTS!
Now we don't talk about the devil a lot in our house - it's kind of a weird topic to bring up with a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old (and you know the twins aren't paying attention!), but John Paul (of course) brought it up first. And, given our usual struggle with his disobedience, I introduced the concept to him. And he LOVED IT, but mostly because of the silly image it made in his mind.
But here's the thing - it applies to all of us.
Those runners rushing to give blood after yesterday's tragedy? Totally kicking that devil in the pants.
Residents opening their homes to strangers with no hotel rooms? Kicking that devil in the pants!
The outpouring of prayers in tweets, on facebook, in blog posts, and just in the quiet of our homes? Take THAT, devil!
Because amongst all this evil, one thing remains true - good always wins.
We know how the story ends. Jesus beats death.
So despite all the evil in this world (and ohhhh there is a lot of it), good always has, and always will win out in the end. Perhaps not the battle, but certainly the overall war.
This doesn't mean it's time to get complacent - keep those prayers coming, keep those acts of kindness alive, and kick the devil in the pants every chance you get!