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Have you ever wondered what goes on behind some closed doors? Think about it. How many times have you heard about a tragedy or conspiracy that was going on behind closed doors that no one knew about or knew about it but didn’t want to get involved? The Las Vegas massacre is but one example of why we must never judge a book by its cover.

There is an old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” How true is that? Just because everything looks fine on the outside doesn’t mean that it’s good on the inside. For example, a person can smile on the outside but cry on the inside. Many a child starts out their day and appears fine on the outside, but on the inside they’re in turmoil, agony and pain. They come from picture-perfect families that by all accounts are the perfect example of the complete and happy family when, in reality, the family is suffering and on the verge of collapse.

As humans, we must do all we can to assist those hurting children and families. We must look for the little warning signs and cries for help. It’s not about becoming a busy body or minding ones on business. It’s about helping fellow humans. As we all know, owning up to ones failures, shortcomings and problems isn’t easy.

That’s why we must get involved. Getting involved doesn’t have to be painful or difficult and can prove to be rewarding. Getting involved can be nothing more than a simple phone call to offer assistance in any form, especially prayer.

Some things that go on behind closed doors are illegal like domestic violence, child abuse and so on, which may at times require police investigation. Many a person’s life has been changed for the better because someone got involved or advised the appropriate authorities with a simple phone call. It is sad to think at this moment somewhere someone is hurting and crying out for help behind closed doors or on the inside, but can’t mange to ask for help on the outside. Some even have evil intentions that we may not even notice.

The tragic stories we hear about on a daily basis are preventable. If you or someone you know is hurting and are in need of help, don’t hesitate. Please call on a friend or your local law enforcement agency for help. Life is too short to be unhappy, and life is too fragile to not report wrongdoing or suspicious behavior.

Kenny Martin is city manager in Mt. Juliet.