Each day it seems like there’s at least one tragedy in the news, one story of sad news, or something not great going on in our own corner of the world. For example someone who has done a lot of good for the world died suddenly, there’s a school shooting, a soldier has been killed in action, someone got a serious diagnosis, someone lost a job, an athlete was injured in a game, there’s been a report of a hate crime or discrimination, there was a natural disaster, the list could go on. There’s no denying that some days especially the world can be a tough place to live.
But I was reminded by an email today that there’s more to the world than that. And more so now than ever people are working to make more go right and well in the world than ever before. There are organizations dedicated to addressing the world’s biggest challenges, to helping people navigate their personal challenges, to helping both nations and people turn their lives around. There is more openness allowing people to be honest about their faith or their feelings or their struggles with less fear of judgment and condemnation, and more encouragement to get help.
Sometimes it’s simply that we’ve forgotten to look around and find the good that’s there, even when it seems like nothing is going right. Because if we really look we can find the hope and help we need at any time. So go ahead, subscribe to another encouraging social account, newsletter, blog, magazine or radio station and ensure that the hope you need will be there when you need it and when you least expect too.
“Holy God, thank you for making each day good, for making this day good. We know that we may encounter disappointment and discouragement, but with your great love, we will not be defeated. Today we choose to live in kindness. For in showing kindness, we will experience true happiness. Amen.” Sojourners