being the light


Another news article pops up on my feed.

I click the link.

My heart races.

My anxiety skyrockets.

This is what my life has been for the past six months. Maybe more. Moments of panic, ‘what if’s. There is no ease, only question after question as I work my way through. Finally clicking the little ‘x’ at the top right corner, I slam my computer shut and walk away. Enough is enough.

Our world has become this place of complete fear. I can’t remember if it’s ever been this bad. Every day, there’s something new. Something terrible. Something no one wants to read, or hear, or witness.

Social media has become a place of darkness…insane news articles, political posts that almost ALWAYS cause some sort of distress to others….when will it stop?

The other week, I decided to take a short break from Facebook (probably not long enough). It’s amazing how this source of connection can cause so much disconnection, so much anxiety, so much hate, and so much pain.

Before I started writing this blog entry, I just sat here looking at my computer screen. How do you find words to describe such intricate feelings that you’ve never felt before?

My heart breaks for our world. It truly does. Each and every day, when I hear of something going on within our world, I choke up and the pieces of my heart that are already broken become smaller.

Where is the hope? Where is the love? Where is the light?

It is hard to see it, isnt it? When so much bad is going on in the world-so much bad that it blankets everything known to man-it’s hard to see the light.

But it’s out there. I know it is. It’s the people who stood in line for hours to donate blood after the Orlando tragedy, its the people who stand in silent peaceful protest…it’s there. Why can’t I feel it?

As a society, I believe it’s our job to be the light. It’s our job to do good, to be good, to act with kindness and truth in our hearts. There is not nearly enough of this stuff in our world right now. Everyone is currently on their high horse on this or that and we’re literally losing it.

So let’s be the light. Let’s be the people who change this darkness. Let’s give hope a chance.

Do something kind for someone you know, or someone you don’t know. Say something kind. Give a hug. Smile at a stranger (Lord, do we need more of that). Lend a helping hand when you see someone struggling. Lovingly respond to a friends post on social media. And I challenge you to only post things that will produce happiness.

Let’s overpower this. Let’s defeat the dark. Let’s stand in the light and shine into the world with our hearts wide open.


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