Good News| By Emily Lawson

I had to wake the Kraken.

It was 6 p.m. (bedtime is 8 p.m.), and the baby was an hour into a deep nap. 

It was time.

And it was not a pretty sight. 

Wailing because he was being held too high. Whining because he was too reclined. Throwing of food and pacifiers because he 

JUST.

WASN’T.

HAPPY.

So, sucking it up, I took the usual mama’s boy, outside to his daddy. 

And there it was – 

A smile. 

And just like that, all was right in the world. 

Later that night (after bedtime) as I was doing my daily studying, I came across these words:

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalms 16:11 (KJV)

Just like my son, perking up from a bad mood when he saw his father, we, as Christians, gain joy just by being in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

The news is full of negativity – this group hating this group, a shooting here and an assault there. 

This world can be a scary place. 

But I have GOOD news for each and every one of you! 

We are not meant to be part of this world! We are set apart (Psalm 4:3). We are a peculiar people (Deuteronomy 14:2).

We have been chosen by the One and Only God, and in turn, we must choose to keep our Godly mindset. 

Philippians 4:8 (KJV) says, “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” 

True.

Honest.

Just.

Pure.

Lovely.

Of good report.

Virtuous.

Worthy of praise. 

It is all outlined word-for-word for us. It is not about making daily difficult decisions. It is the simple task of choosing to observe the good things in life, both in the world and in our spiritual walk.  

Did you hear about all the people that flooded to the Bahamas to help with the hurricane destruction? Did you hear about the 16,000 people that crashed the University of Tennessee website after they began selling a bullied teens’ T-shirt design? 

Good news is out there. 

Yes, this world is full of bad things. Many are unavoidable to a point. But, what we choose to let in, what we choose to dwell on, and what we choose to allow to define our actions, is what determines our view of our surroundings and our mindset. 

Galatians 5:22-23(KJV) says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” 

It is not a one way street. We are given the blessing of love to share, joy to spread, peace within, longsuffering through the hard times that we are bound to face when we choose to dwell on God and to let Him define us! 

And just like the quick change in attitude with my son, when we get ourselves in the presence of the Father, physically and mentally, He will always choose us. He will provide us with that missing piece. 

We just have to choose Him first.

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