Keep Looking Up

Looking UpThe world sure seems dark lately.  Every time I turn on the news, there’s mainly negative stories talked about.  Folks are getting killed, children are being abused and tragic accidents are happening daily.

The culture seems to be in a tailspin.  The lines that separate right from wrong are often blurred at best.

It’s as though we’re on this never-ending roller coaster, going faster and faster in the wrong direction.

Some may disagree, but I just can’t see how this downward spiral can go unnoticed.

I could go on and on about evil overtaking the world.  I could vent about injustice.  I could focus on the bad instead of dwelling on the good.

There’s a fine balance to consider: focusing on the good, while still being aware of the ever-present bad.  A sway in either direction isn’t productive.

Hopelessness can be found when our purpose is unclear.  When this world, with it’s expectations and pressures, seems overwhelming.  When perspective is lost.

What keeps me sane (most of the time) is my faith in Jesus.  I trust that things are temporary and I trust that in the end, good wins.

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of worry and frustration, isn’t it?  Wondering what the future holds not only for us, but for our children and generations beyond.

We need to keep good footing friends.  God is certainly in control, even when life doesn’t seem that way.

Practically speaking, we simply need to keep looking up.  We need to turn our entitlement to thankfulness.  We need to turn the dang news off and go for a walk.  We need to talk to God about life and even vent a little bit….He can handle it.  When negativity tries to sneak in like oil in a puddle….resist it, kick it in the pants, fight it with good things and good thoughts.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

Sure, life is dark and dismal at times, but that’s just reality.  Let’s counteract the darkness with goodness.  Let’s bring good flavor to our communities and light to dim rooms.  Let’s give stuff away and serve others.  Let’s embrace one another, despite our differences.  Let’s take the focus off our petty selves and change the world.  God is limitless and He loves to use willing people to carry out His purposes.

The choice is ours really.  Let’s dwell on the victory that’s ours for the taking.  God is good.

God Bless,

Paul

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Keep Looking Up

  1. Good words to remember. I get cynical and sarcastic and disgusted too often for my own well being–and I don’t even tune in to the news much. I can’t, or I would go to a very dark place, indeed.

    I am at peace the most when I remember that most of the folks I actually meet out here on the road–face to face, in person–are quite nice and caring people.

    While the internet is a great tool and resource, I believe it also gives people a means to dehumanize, and think the worst about the ‘others’ out there. That faceless crowd behind computer screens, windshields, and phones is easy to dismiss, but getting out in front of people, looking them in the eye and actually speaking to them on the same level…that renews my faith in people, one at a time.

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    • You speak the truth Kristi. As a culture, we have lost the art of face-to-face communication. Looking at a computer screen or TV can certainly dehumanize our relationships. It’s interesting how interpersonal communication can soothe the soul. I think that’s how God created things to be. Thanks for reading!

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