"Bad News"

Aug 27, 2012

Prior to leaving my secular career to join the staff at my church, I worked in the insurance industry. On one occasion I had flown to El Paso to monitor a trial for one of our clients. The court house lobby was teeming with people from all walks of life. The undistinguished conversations of family members, lawyers, clients and others echoed through the chambers of the building creating a buzz that made it difficult to hear the person right next to me.
All of a sudden, I heard in the distance, the faint cry of someone down the hall. Whoever they were cried out, "Bad News". I thought to myself what happened? What's going on? Whoever they were and whatever had happened, my attention was now focused on that faint cry. I heard it again though a little louder; "Bad News!" With this second proclamation, the noise of the conversations began to quiet down. "Bad News!" the voice cried out again. By the third time, the bustling activity that permeated the halls of the courthouse had ceased and everyone present was now captivated by those words.
At that moment I spotted the purveyor of what must be some tragic event that had occurred. He was an unshavened, disheveled man, about 5'4", weighing about 160lbs and walked with a slight limp. Fully convinced that he now had the attention of the movers and shakers, the mom and pops, the vendors, the security team, he bellowed out..."BAD NEWS...GAS GOIN' UP!" It was only then that I noticed he had a bundle of newspapers tucked under his left arm; the headlines simply read "Gas Prices are Going Up!"
As I pondered this event, I wondered, "Why are people attracted to bad news so easily?" Bad news consciously or unconsciously has the potential to instil fear within us. Though we have the propensity to focus on the "bad" news, there are lots of good things happening all around us.
I made a decision a long time ago that I would not dwell on the bad news happening in my environment. I have purposed in my heart to dwell on the good happening around me. Proverbs 15:30 says, "A good report makes the bones healthy" (NKJV);"good news makes for good health"(NLT)
Do you need a lift mentally or emotionally, then began to focus on the good news that's in your circle of influence. If you look for it you will certainly find it.


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