by Gina Valley
Silent and loud
Never, never stopping
Sometimes it’s so easy to focus on the bad.
It’s right there. It’s in front of us. It’s easy to see. It’s hip to talk about.
We stare at it, absorbing every decadent detail. There’s almost a perverse delight in some to feel the depths of the dark around them. It’s certainly easy to see.
But, look again.
Look past the headlines in the New York Times. Look past what CNN has instructed its camera guy to capture. See beyond the story the reporter from ABC is telling. They’re delivering what’s called for by the ever masterful public thirst for sensationalism. They’re doing a job, making a living
We’re building a life. We must look deeper.
Look at the people around you. Look at your world.
We must see what’s always there, even when it’s hard to see.
Even when it’s so small it seems insignificant.
There’s an old joke about how when we’re all finally the same color we can hate each other for the right reason – for the terrible people that we are.
Is that what we are? Terrible?
Is that what we do? Is the bad unavoidable? Insurmountable?
Although we must admit there is certainly the propensity for bad in each of us, to varying degrees, there is also a limitless potential for good. Whether you believe we were made in the image of a loving Heavenly Father or not, you can see the good in people.
Granted, it’s hard to find in some. Seems to have been completely extinguished in a few. But overall it’s there, in every one of us.
I miss seeing the good.
I think I’m out of the habit of looking for it.
We’ve been taught by so many elements in our culture that the bad, the painful, the perverse, are what matters. That what merits our time and discussion, what titillates our ears and perks up our eyebrows and grabs our attention should be painted with dark undertones.
I need to chase the good. My soul needs that refreshment. People around me need the boost.
I need to practice good, like any gift, to grow it. I must use it, chase it, develop it.
I need to both see and be the good in the world.
Let’s go there together.
What can you do to make one person’s day better today? Are you going to do it? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it..