As part of my lifestyle change to find some peace, I recently joined a bible study group with some friends of mine. We are studying The Numbers of Hope, by Max Lucado. It is a study of the famous John 3:16 bible verse.
One of our group discussion questions was something along the lines of why we felt hope was in short supply these days. My answer was that we are bombarded daily with bad news. Go to your favorite online news home page and count how many uplifting, happy stories you see there. Turn on the TV news this evening and see what story leads off the broadcast. I bet it's not about puppies and rainbows.
As I mentioned yesterday, I tend to see only the negative already, I don't need the mainstream media aiding and abetting my bad habit.
Another group discussion was to talk about your biggest disappointment in life. The obvious answer is the deaths of Jessica and Kelli, but as I thought about it more, I amended my answer to the unfairness of life. Why was my mom taken away at 47 by a disease that ravaged her mind and body and left her a vegetable in her last months? Why were my kids yanked away in such a violent and senseless manner? Why are innocent children abused? Why are young men and women being killed in wars? The list of injustices goes on and on.
So, to have hope in the face of all that - impossible, right? It's easy to throw up your hands and say I quit! I can't take anymore! The world is going to hell in a handbasket and I'm just along for the ride!
No. It's not impossible. If I can go on, you probably can as well.
Keep your hope, your faith, your belief.
Tell yourself, just for today, I will try to believe there is good in the world, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary.
Just for today, I will remember there is a greater power at work.
Just for today, I will put my worries aside and focus on the positives I have in my life.
Try it, just for today.