I find it very disturbing at times, upsetting to say the least, when I spend too much time being cynical about what’s happening around me: Politics, evil and corrupt world leaders, the media frenzy to cover every upset and conflict, the moral decay of coaches, teachers, students, video games, celebrities and movie moguls, the clergy…heck…even at my own shortcomings at times. It all seems so overwhelming and hopeless.
The headlines love to feed our fears and as we all know, blood and conflict are what makes the news, not harmony and understanding. What I have to do is step back a little bit and look at my own world that I live in right here in Sugar Land and Houston. Overall, the folks of many races, culture and beliefs live together peacefully and are not being cruel or disrespectful to each other. The way that I act and the way my neighbors act is not what is being broadcast every minute of every day. Its actually the opposite of what I see in the news. So, taking that step back gives me perspective and a chance to redirect my thoughts.
That allows me to do 2 things. First, I make myself stop setting people up on a pedestal and expecting them to be ‘my kind of perfect’ as a role model. They’re human. They’re flawed. They’re messed up just like me. If I make them my idol, I’ll inevitably be disappointed. And second, I turn my thoughts toward God where I can find teachings that give me a much more encouraging mental attitude towards all people in my life. It’s a way to bring good into my life and switches my thoughts from negative to positive. And puts me back in a position to love, understand and serve those that enter my life every day. That’s a much happier place for me.
This is how I choose to think:
Philippine 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”