I see the goodness

 

I see the goodness.

 

The world seems so complicated right now. Natural disasters, political unrest, divisiveness, crime – the news media remind us daily – the world is a scary and volatile place.

 

Maybe we’ve become skeptical, unsure of our belief in the goodness of people. Maybe we are fearful, holding out a protective shield against the world. Maybe we are discouraged – where is God in all of this?

 

Today I want to say:

 

THERE IS STILL GOODNESS IN THIS WORLD.

 

I am seeing it every day here in Houston. Neighbors helping neighbors. Strangers helping strangers. The human spirit of caring for others was not swept away by the floodwaters. In fact, it came back stronger when the waters receded.

 

In this complicated and often scary world, I hold out to you these truths; truths I’m seeing lived out every day:

 

1. Most people are really good, I mean really good . . . and will step up to be a hero if called upon.

 

2. We are responsible for each other. People help people. It’s what we do. And we’ll help and help and help until we break, to make up for those who don’t.

 

3. Being a good neighbor helps others to be good neighbors, too. It’s all about knowing what’s going on right outside your front door. See #2.

 

4. God presents us with challenges that seem insurmountable in our solitude to remind us that we are not alone. Brothers and sisters caring for each other happens in the most extraordinary places, in the most extraordinary times.

 

5. We love because He first loved us. No other reason needed.
(1 John 4:19 NIV)

 

Oswald Chambers said,“To be a disciple means that we deliberately identify ourselves with God’s interests in other people.”
( My Utmost for His Highest, September 20)

 

Today I am holding on to the very real goodness I see in people every single day. I won’t be swayed by negative hype when I see so much compassionate love being shared among caring people.

 

Look closely and I’ll bet you’ll see it, too.

 

Hang on to the goodness.

 

Today is a Good Day!

~Natalie

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