BE THE GOOD
Let it be said of me – let it be said of all of us – that in the midst of a bad time, we chose to be the good.
We are bombarded with news these days, and most of it doesn’t seem very good. There is a heaviness across the globe right now. We’re all feeling it. With each passing day in quarantine, I find myself going through a range of emotions: angry, sad, fearful, restless. It’s exhausting. On the days that feel particularly heavy, I find myself longing for some good news to lighten my mood and lift my spirits. Apparently I’m not alone in my quest for some good news. Actor John Krasinksi recently started an informal news network called SGN (Some Good News) on his YouTube channel. In each episode, he highlights some good news happening around the world, including many heartwarming stories of people helping people during this pandemic. You can check it out here.
After watching SGN, I was inspired to make my own list of some good news I’ve seen in my community during this quarantine. It didn’t take me long to come up with a pretty lengthy list. Here are just a few:
- A woman from our church is making masks for her daughters who work in healthcare
- Children are creating chalk art on sidewalks to spread hope and encouragement
- Middle school students are writing thank you notes to local healthcare heroes
- A man has dropped off groceries at the doorstep of his neighbors who couldn’t get out
- Church members are making phone calls to the elderly and those who live alone to check on them
- School districts continue to provide free lunches for students and make sure their needs are met during this time away
- Friends are organizing birthday parades, driving by the house of the birthday girl/boy to sing their well-wishes so their friend can still feel special despite not being able to have a traditional birthday party
This is the church. She may not be gathering inside a building, but she is still alive and well. As Christ-followers, we carry the best news ever – the news that God loved the world so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die on a cross, forgiving our sins once for all time, so that [through faith in Him] we could have a way to be with Him forever in Heaven. That’s some good news! How are you sharing it? Friends, there’s enough bad news in the world right now. Let’s be the good. In a world of despair, let’s bring hope. In the midst of chaos, let’s speak peace. In a lonely time, let’s show love. I don’t want to get to the other side of this and look back with regret, wishing I had done more. Let it be said of me – let it be said of all of us – that in the midst of a bad time, we chose to be the good. And it made a difference.
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” – Matthew 5:14-16
15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. – Mark 16:15
12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. – John 15:12