Be a Good News Maker – not just a Bad News Observer

I just cycled through my usual news sources, and came out completely depressed. Started the day well, but after reading too much of it, found myself paralyzed, feeling I couldn’t do anything, what with the sky falling and all that. So the following is a pep talk to myself, which I share with you in hopes it may be of help to someone. ~ TD  (read Psalm 46)

“Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.”

That verse, Psalm 46:6, encompasses most of the categories of alarming headlines we see each day on the news (both Real and Fake). It is followed by an assurance of God’s protection on His own people:

“The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

What that means is that we are to resist the fear caused by the onslaught of bad news, then pick up the tools of honorable work each day, and make our own headlines, like:

  • Dave finishes job after long delays! 
  • Nancy brings voice of wisdom to local school board! 
  • Faced with potential road rage, Anna smiles and ignores provocation! 
  • Local gardens receive recognition! 

But what about the Yellowstone Super Volcano, near earth asteroids, North Korean nukes, the Rothschilds, Antifa, Soros, Nephilim giants, assassination plots, Congress, ISIS, and all the rest???!!!

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exhausted in the earth.”

That means we can cast off the paralysis of fear, knowing by faith that God has these things under control. In so doing, we can move on and commence the humble work of each day with confidence in His help and protection.

My personal headlines today might read:

  • TD writes a blog post!
  • TD cleans pots and pans!
  • TD makes a difficult phone call! 

“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear…”

So definitely follow the news, and don’t be ignorant of what’s going on around you.

But then cast all your fears and concerns about today’s news cycle onto His shoulders, refusing to carry any fear and worry yourself, but in faith, make a difference by the work of your hands, whether great or small.

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22 responses to “Be a Good News Maker – not just a Bad News Observer

  1. Amen and Amen! And here’s one of my favorite passages:

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Psalm 2: 1-4

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    • “At times when things grow dark and dim,
      I think I’ll let the dragons win;
      But then again, perhaps I won’t,
      Because they’re dragons, and I don’t.

      (Yeates)

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  2. Isn’t it uplifting to know that the Lord looks down at these minions, who think they are so powerful, and He laughs at their folly? At the same time, the Lord looks down upon those who belong to Him, and tells us to have no fear, for He will never leave us or forsake us. What a mighty God we serve!

    Psalm 147:11 The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

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  3. I am trying to focus on the great blessings I have and thanking God for them while still being aware of the evil that is all about and being aware of where it comes from. Not from my God! May we all pray for future generations.

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  4. The saddest part is that when they encounter hardship they look up and say GOD PLEASE HELP ME, and God been the GOD HE IS, HELPS. it is here on earth, before we go, we find purgatory,!

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  5. traildustfotm

    Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” So the presence of trouble is not evidence of an absence of God’s grace. He is an “ever present help in trouble.” That means to me that when trouble shows up, our Lord is right there with us INSIDE the trouble. It’s like being in a bear cage with a bear, and with Jesus. If I were making bets, I would not bet on the bear being able to hurt anyone.

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  6. TD . . . this wonderful and uplifting article is so reasonable and down to earth. I have no doubt that most of us need reminding that Our God has gathered us as a hen gathereth her chicks to provide shelter from the storm. I have little doubt that if my life is anything akin to the lives of my FOTM families’ lives . . . we live in a perpetual season of “storms” from which we need to be gathered. It lifted me immensely to be reminded that we always have perpetual refuge. God Bless you for that reminder today!

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  7. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂 It’s good to have a laugh every day too and not take the world too seriously. God already has won!

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  8. Or, we could focus our inquisitive energy where it stands a much better chance of doing good for future generations. Keeping abreast of and alerting others to current events is a noble and important cause because the masses need to be aware of the present reality but one must not forget that we’re presently at war against the inheritors of a vast, (not to mention old) conspiracy and there’s more to fighting an enemy than merely knowing that they exist or knowing what they’ve done. To defeat an enemy one must first know what actually motivates them. That said, it’s not nearly enough for us to know that the Sandy Hook deception (for example) was brought about directly because those in power want to confiscate our guns. We have to ask ourselves why they wish to do so. Of course, the obvious answer is that they want us to be powerless to fight them but again, we can’t be satisfied with that answer either. Rather, we must repeatedly ask ourselves “why?” until we ultimately arrive at the base or root motivation… It’s perfectly understandable that, to most people, the present seems like total chaos, a myriad of conspiracies incapable of being unravelled and that the only way out may be for us to rely solely on our faith, but the fact is, the ultimate truth, the ultimate motivation behind this vast conspiracy is now known. It’s practically spelled out in history for all to see, if only folks in general weren’t so blinded by the walls of disinformation that encircle us all–the innermost of which is perhaps the simple message that we cannot or should not believe in ourselves. Of course, we should. I’m certain that God himself wouldn’t have it any other way.

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    • Well said, postman! “Bad news observer” should not be equated with (1) reporting and uncovering the truth; and (2) an insistence on staying ignorant because reality/truth is upsetting.

      You wrote “we must repeatedly ask ourselves ‘why?’ until we ultimately arrive at the base or root motivation” — which seems to suggest you know what that “base or root motivation” is. Please spell it out for us?

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      • Sorry for the delay, Dr. Eowyn. I was hoping against hope that I could put together a “comment-sized” response to your question but I’m afraid that’s not really possible. The answer to your question–in order to make sense or be of use to anyone–is inescapably huge. Even a “synopsis” of my hypothesis would be article sized. I’ve managed to put together a response (borrowing some text from an actual article detailing my hypothesis that I hope to publish one day) and I’m guessing that it’s two or three printed pages in length. I’m reluctant to post it here as it would be like dropping a comment bomb which I’m afraid would disrupt discussion on the original article. Could I email you the response instead? 🙂

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    • the postman,” although I agree with you on most of this, I am reminded to “be still” and remember that God is real, present and active. We must stop ignoring the immense power of faith. Jesus told a synagog leader whose daughter was deathly ill to “fear not, only believe, and your daughter will live.” Fear and worry act to contaminate faith and make it ineffective. So I know there are evil puppeteers running many things, and I try to know what I can about them, but I refuse to fear them. Instead, in faith, I will fight them.

      “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

      Addressing a problem of mine, I have spent countless hours chasing down news and motives, trying to get behind what is going on. In my case, the time comes when I need to stop. The reason why is that my obsession caused me to ignore my simple responsibilities. After a while I concluded that at some point I need to cast that obsession (driven in my case by fear) onto God’s shoulders, and get on with life.

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      • TD,

        We must be reading two entirely different postman comments, for I understood his comment as an injunction to us to be informed, not that we should be fearful. I don’t react to bad news with fear or paralysis, but maybe that’s just me. Why should we, when we have the Lord with us?

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        • Good points, postman and Dr. Eowyn.

          I was trying to reassert the reason for my post, which is to cast aside the worry and fear caused by the news cycle, and put full faith in God. And armed with faith and knowledge, take the fight to the enemy.

          postman, I know you are wisely advising us to believe in ourselves. I was trying to add… “believe in God,” too.

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          • traildustfotm: I apologize that my earlier post is kind of like a half-baked biscuit. I think I was trying to say too much at once, (which is always bad when I’m decaffeinated). I hope I haven’t offended you or anyone else. It was the “weaponized autism” talking, honestly! 😉 As for your message, I think I completely understand what you’re saying. Reality can be truly overwhelming at times and sometimes our being too concerned with it interferes with life closer to home (and heart). We should take care not to let it destroy us but we should be armed in knowledge and faith. It’s a wonderful message indeed! 🙂

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            • Thanks postman,
              And I apologize for my snippy response. I think the reason is that I was describing my own inner war to between staying informed and remaining responsible, and was arguing with myself more than you. I don’t want to project my personal weaknesses onto you.
              Your comment was good.

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            • Yes, perhaps you were. I had to struggle with not being insulted. The people at this site are far from ignorant. Most of the time we comment in “pieces” because, as you say, the total subject is almost impossibly large.

              I have found that it is better to meet people where they are rather than overwhelm them with concepts that may be alien to them. For me, at the end of the day, it IS simple. We have simple choices to make.

              As you mentioned regarding SHES, motives are important. I, for one, have never gone around claiming that the only reason for the SHES hoax was disarmament. I’m sure it played a role, however.

              So, while its easy to be a critic its much harder to author a script. While supplying information and ideas helps, it won’t ultimately change much. People are fundamentally lazy and frightened. Even if they know right from wrong it isn’t a guarantee that they’ll choose correctly.

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  9. I think,ultimately we can call this the battle between GOOD and EVIL. EVERYTHING stems from one or the other.

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  10. Thank you for the reminder to “never lose faith.”

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  11. I love your idea of “making our own headlines,” no matter how mundane or small. Some days it definitely feels that way, that the least little thing that gets accomplished is a major accomplishment.

    “I ACTUALLY SLEPT WITHOUT WAKING UP FIVE TIMES!” would be one of my headlines. 😉

    Awhile back I read a Christian’s blog post & he promoted the idea of what he referred to as > D.W.I.F.O.Y. I was like, whaaat? What does that mean? Further down he explained… “Do What’s In Front Of You,” meaning, that when it looks like everything is hopeless or chaotic or it’s all bad news or you’re waiting for some direction from the Lord, etc., just continue to “Do What’s In Front of You,” take care of whatever there is that needs to be done & just keep going. I was like, OK, that’s simple enough, I can do that! 😀

    As for Psalm 46, my most favorite-psalm-put-to-music… I’m sure I’ve posted this same choir song in the past but here it is again, based on Psalm 46, “God is Our Refuge & Strength”:

    I like to play it LOUD!

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