Last week was one of those weeks where I had to consciously practice the discipline found in Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
The things that are right and true and pure and lovely weren’t exactly at the forefront of the news or social media or conversation last week. Everywhere I turned there was hurt and hatred and harm.
Bombings at the Boston Marathon and a city-wide manhunt.
One of my children encountered a situation at school that shredded my Mama heart. And again, all things ugly seemed to rule the day.
As if that wasn’t enough, the rivers in my town flooded, shutting down businesses and necessitating homeowners to evacuate.
So many things overflowing and out of control. With each situation I realized how small I am, how incapable I am of helping the hurting, how challenging it is to not drown in a sea of hurt.
Sunday evening, my heart said, “Enough!”
It was hard to see the right in the midst of all the hate and hurt.
Just because the clouds block the sunshine, it doesn’t mean that the sun isn’t shining. It’s just temporarily out of view.
And so I started a list of all that is right and pure and good and lovely.
Runners who crossed the finish line and kept running to give blood. Spectators who comforted each other and gave the wounded a helping hand.
A teacher who immediately addressed the concerns of my hurting little one. A principal who did everything possible to find the source of my child’s hurt, address it, and help my student regain a bit of confidence and courage.
Hundreds of volunteers in my small town who gave up their Friday and Saturday to fill sand bags. So many people showed up to help that city hall told me, “We’ll put your name on a list, but we have more than enough help for now.”
So much good. So much that is right. So many people reaching out to each other and sharing love and compassion.
In the mist of hurt and hatred and pain, how do you focus on what is right? What’s right in your world this week? Let’s start a list of all that is good and encourage each other today!