In Genesis 6, we read God is fed up with humanity. The Message says, “People thought evil, imagined evil – evil, evil, evil from morning to night.”
When I read that, I wonder, how much different are we today than the people were in Noah’s time? The world around me feels awfully dark most days, but God has not destroyed us.
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The cynic in me says, why should He? We are doing a blasted good job of destroying ourselves. But another part of me knows better. Another part of me remembers our friends, Mark & Lori, working for change in Honduras, building homes and empowering women. I think of my friend Melissa and her family in Papua New Guinea; the unpaid workers at Helping Hands in Tupelo, MS, the people who volunteer through Literacy Midsouth, helping people learn to read and speak English; and the group of friends here in Olive Branch that have started Together Ministry Center.
I had to cut the list off because I had so many examples of people loving and doing good in the world around me.
I wrote about daring to believe in love again, daring to believe that good still exists in this world and within this dysfunctional family we call Christianity. That is a huge step all by itself, choosing to believe in the face of defeat and pain and hatred. But it is only the first step, only one step.
This year, I want to dare to keep walking into the belief of goodness so far that I am surrounded by it and comforted in it.
I want to be held in the arms of God, the arms of good, the arms of love.
And I want the same for you.
I dare you.
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Every time you read an article on the horrors of some political campaign or war or hate crime, I want you to actively search out an article on something good. Look for a church feeding the homeless or a missionary sacrificing American luxury to truly become part of a low-income community. Visit Compassion’s website and read stories about children that have been sponsored and lives changed. Call up a friend who has been through a hard time and ask, “How did you see God in this tragedy?”
Mr. Rogers said something that comes to mind here. Perhaps it is over-quoted, but I’m not sure that’s possible. Things only become cliché because they have been true over and over again, and I think these words remain true in the horrible situations confronting us on the news today:
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” ― Fred Rogers
So, this is my challenge to myself and to you.
I dare you to look for the helpers.
I dare you to seek out the good.