The 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.