I've been watching the news quite a bit, as usual, and I noticed something. It's not new, but I was really bothered by the negative undertone to every story about the state of America and the world. Sure, there are some bad things happening, and we shouldn't discount the bad things, but is the world really as bad as everything we hear?
I know the economy is bad. I know there are tragedies happening on land and sea. I know that the Middle East is fragile and could possibly end up even more unstable than before. I'm sure you've heard all those things, too. But even in stories of heroism, the dog saving someone from a fire or a lost child coming home, there always seems to be something sinister to report.
So, what do these thoughts have to do with God? Well, I wondered if my own outlook on the world as a place of beauty and joy are somehow connected to my relationship with God. I see the bad things, and there are many, but there are so many other blessings, miracles, and things of beauty that God has placed in my way to appreciate. He provides me with hope even in hard times that help me stay positive even when everyone around me is complaining and feeling doom and gloom.
Hebrews 10:23-25 - "Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." (NLT)
Many of the Christian teens I know seem to look at the world with a sense of wonder and have a hopeful, positive outlook. But, what do you think? Do you find that your connection to God helps you stay positive or is it that teens just haven't had all the world experience that those adults reporting the news have? Share your own thoughts in the comments.