It might seem like times have never been this bad, but they have. The reason why it might have an appearance that times are getting worse is because we are in the thick of it. We are being affected, in a personal way. Most of us are outraged and brokenhearted from the horrible events that took place in Paris on Friday, November 13th, 2015. The only thing I can do is pray during this time and leave a positive stamp on someone’s day, every day.
Unfortunately, there will always be bad people; sick people who want to inflict pain and harm on others – even to themselves. We can’t escape that reality. What we can do is bring joy and love into other peoples lives. We can be the peace we want to see. Let us all take a step back from our devices and engage. Smile at someone, hold a door for someone; ask the cashier how their day has been; spend one-on-one time with the people you love; don’t cut someone off in traffic; look around you. There is beauty in the chaos. If you change your perspective and focus on putting your energy towards good, you will be the change you want to see.
Jesus tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. It is so easy for us to wish dreadful things to evil people. How can we love someone who murdered a child or stole from you or slept with your spouse or physically violated you? But Jesus goes on to say, “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others?..” Matthew 5:46-47. We need to love deeply. We need to take a step outside of ourselves and make sacrifices. We need to put our treasures into the Kingdom of God.
I was moved at church, this past Sunday. Pastor Tim said, “In light of eternity, what are you doing?” I immediately felt a weight from the question. It was heavy. When I tried to wrap my mind around the little time I’m given on this earth and asking myself the question “what am I doing with my time?” I was overcome with a great sense of my purpose. I am here to spread the love and light of God. I am His soldier. He is using me right here, right now. I even had a vision of speaking to a multitude of people which promptly gave me anxiety. I could see the steps; speaking to a small group, then a class, then a stadium full of thousands of people. I am not a public speaker so this isn’t something I’m comfortable doing. I can do one on one all day! I love being a shoulder for people to lean on. It gives me great joy to extend knowledge in matters I’m experienced in. I know many people read this, but I don’t get to see your face. I don’t get to feel the sting or acceptance of the words you’re reading; there are pros and cons to that. I’m fascinated to see how Christ unfolds His will in my life.
Yes, there is a lot of bad out there, but there is also a lot of good. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5.
Be the light.