Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Good News About Bad News

Three days into January and I'm still exercising and writing!  Yea me!  How are you doing with your 2013 goals?

Exercise
I walked a little longer on the treadmill this morning - 35 minutes.  I went a little further too.  I kept a good pace and wasn't watching the clock out of boredom.   I felt good.  Now, don't get all excited...I'm not saying I enjoyed exercising, but it wasn't horrible either. 

However, anything I might have worked off this morning, I'm sure I put back on later when I spent the remainder of the day snacking on sweets.  It may be time to throw all the leftover Christmas goodies in the trash can...and just to be sure...squirt a little dish soap on them. 

Write Something
During my treadmill walk today I listened to a podcast from Family Talk Radio with Dr. James Dobson.  And guess what?  A scripture reference from Psalm 112 inspired me to sit down and write a story devotional based on verses 6 - 8. 

Here's what I wrote today:

If you have read the newspaper, watched the news on TV, listened to it on the radio, or caught the headlines online, you may have noticed much of the news is bad.  It can be very disturbing.  It certainly can make it hard to maintain a Rosie Outlook about the future of our country. 

After all, in recent days we have been clinging to the side of a fiscal cliff, gun violence has sparked a very heated debate on gun control, lawmakers in Washington are fighting, discussions on how to keep our children safe at school are making headlines, and taxes are going up.  If you pay too much attention to the news, you might struggle with feelings of despair for our future. 
 
Many of these concerns have been on my own mind in recent weeks. There have been times when I felt like we were all a bit doomed to incredibly difficult days ahead.
 
But then I was reminded of Psalm 112 today and these verses clicked with me:
"Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
 They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes."  ~Psalm 112: 6-8

While I do not claim to be righteous, I do strive to live a righteous life.  I want to have a faith that is not shaken by earthly events.  These verses encourage me to let go of the fears of our future, because I trust in the Lord.  When I focus on this, I do feel secure. 

I remember a day in early 1993.  The news was bad then too.  Hubby and I had just welcomed our sweet baby Scientist into our lives.  As I chatted with Mom on the phone, I rocked our new little one in my arms.  We were discussing the news events of the day and my worries. 
 
I told Mom I was concerned for our Scientist's future and that it seemed a terrible time to bring an innocent baby into the world.  Mom shared with me that she had had many of the same feelings when I had been born 23 years earlier.  It turns out, no matter what year it is, you can always find turmoil in our world.

Bad news continues to dominate the headlines, but that shouldn't keep us from living productive lives.  If anything, maybe it should inspire us to work harder to be the good in this world.  With so much bad going on, we can focus on God, the One who is really in control, and let His light shine through us in a world of darkness.

Just this morning I shared with Hubby some concerns I had about the next couple years for our family.  We have a lot of unknowns and I was busy going down the "what if" trail.  Like I could figure out God's plan...

It was then that Hubby gently reminded me of this verse:
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."  ~Matthew 6:34

Each of these verses are encouraging as we embark on a new year.  Next time I feel crushed by the weight of all the bad news, I'm going to push back with the strength of these verses. 
 
I will not worry, I will not fear, my heart will be steadfast, I will trust in the Lord.

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