A few years ago I began a Facebook page that was intended to celebrate blessings in our lives. After a few months the page essentially went dormant. I don’t think that the blessings well ran dry. I do think that celebrating blessings is a alien concept that may be contrary to our sinful nature. When we look around us we don’t look for blessings, unity and hope. Instead we look for tragedy, brokenness and despair.
I have to admit that I am a news junkie. I remember staying up so that I could watch the 11 o’clock news before Johnny Carson with my father. I had a Newsweek subscription in high school and now regularly read the news from my AP news feed on my smartphone. Recently, Colin my seven year old, has been interested in the news. He is fascinated by the rash of Tornados. I am cautious about this new interest. I’m glad that he is worried about others and interested in how people are affected by tragedy. On the other hand, new programs have become more graphic and are 99% bad news.
Growing up I was always told that I had an old soul. I was more likely to be watching Abb
ot and Costello than the children’s programs. I have always had an appreciation for music and culture beyond my own generation. One component that I remember was being excited to see News Reels when watching old movies. In my logical adult mind I know that often they were simply propaganda, but in my nostalgic mind I wish we had news that was more like that. In contrast to today’s media, News Reels always seemed to be filled with good news and hope. Why is it that good news, happy news is now considered fluff and not real journalism?
I have a feeling that if we had more reporting of good news we might find a more hopeful spirit within our life. I’m not advocating for us to bury our head in the sand and deny that there is radical evil in the world. I just wonder what it would look like work towards a counterbalance.
I believe that this is the very nature of the Christian life. Yes the world is broken and we need to see that reality, but we must also testify to the real Good News, which leads to hope and fruitful life.
Beginning next week I am going to attempt to regularly post a positive news story on my Blog and once again as for people to share blessings. We are people of hope and it’s time that we life into hope.