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Good News

Knowing what I wanted to write about today, I prayed for good news.

There it came across in my e-mail, the title was actually “GOOD NEWS.” There, in big blue bold letters at the top of the page it said, “Congratulations! You can get a $100.00 Cash App gift card!”

Spam mail. Phishing. So even when we see good news, we are conditioned to be skeptical.

This year more than any in my lifetime, good news was rare. I was looking in the wrong place this morning.

What is good news? Gospel. To quote Britannica, “The word gospel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon term god-spell, meaning “good story,” a rendering of the Latin evangelium and the Greek euangelion, meaning “good news” or “good telling.” [i]

Good news is the bible itself, most specifically the four books associated with the word Gospel. Four simple men, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John recorded what they saw and experienced. What they recorded was truly remarkable. Good news.

The absolute best place to start every day is in the pages written long ago and as applicable today as then.

 

Think About it

We are in a war between good and evil. It has raged for no less than 6,000 years. Our beliefs are in the crossfire and it is more real today than ever before. Evil used to hide in the shadows, now it is in full daylight, active from the halls of our schools to the halls of Washington DC and on every screen in our homes or hands.

That evil wants to smother out good news and make sure you are burdened with only bad.

We humans crave information. That’s OK and I would never promote that we bury our heads in the sand and ignore the reality of what is happening around us; that would be denial.

Awareness is the opposite of denial but perspective trumps awareness. What (Who) are you anchored in?

You can’t serve better than you live. When people walk through your doors, make sure you are putting out life. You can’t put out something you haven’t taken in.

This message hits me. In the year of 2020, I allowed my perspective to slip far below 20/20 vision. We all could use a reminder to stop reading bad news for a few moments and absorb good news.

You know where to start.

[i] https://www.britannica.com/topic/Gospel-New-Testament

 

Comments (2)

Amen Carl!!!
We all can be so consumed with the earthly chaos that it seems so easy to look at those news apps first. I always do better when I begin my day with a healthy dose of the Word!
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:16-18
May we all keep our eyes on the things that are eternal as we serve our Lord in this short period of time.
God bless you brother for the reminder!

Total agreement. I won’the do anything in the morning anymore before reading His Word, and then writing out a half chapter. I find I remember things better when I write them down. Eventually I will have a handwritten copy of the scriptures, like David, hiding the Word in my heart.

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