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. (Philippians 4:8)
Hard to do when there’s so much sad “stuff” going on in our world, isn’t it? Yep, and because it’s a broken world full of broken, hurting, people there will always be sad stuff. But, you know what? There’s also a lot of good going on. I personally don’t believe the world is the ugly, hateful place that the media is focusing on. So when I’m bombarded daily with all the negativity, how do I stay positive and not become full of the hate and violence I see?
I believe that oftentimes you “find what you are looking for”. Since the negative stories are the ones grabbing all the headlines and the 5 minute nightly news snapshots, I choose to look for positive and uplifting stories beyond those. My friends, what you are seeing on the nightly news is what they are choosing to show you. I’m choosing to find stories that show all races, all ages, all socioeconomic classes – doing what they can with what they have to “be the change”, with actions that don’t hurt and destroy the lives of others they are sharing this planet with. Here are three stories I found that show just that. Check them out:
(1) James Karagiannis His story involves ice cream, inner city kids, and a man who’s built his business on serving the under-served. Read it and you’ll find someone who chooses positive means to effect change in the lives of people who aren’t “just like him”.
(2) Homeless teen Fred Barley A great story about a homeless teen, two police officers and a community that cared. There’s a LOT of good in this story, but here are two fantastic quotes. “The stuff that’s happening with police officers, I am black and he didn’t care what color I was. He just helped me, and that meant a lot”. And from Debbie Adamson, a local business owner who heard Fred’s story – “I created a position for him before he walked in my door. I didn’t know his name. I didn’t know the color of his skin. I didn’t care. I’ve been there so I guess I had a soft spot for anyone who is that determined to succeed in life”. Please let me be like these good people who weren’t thinking about “them” and “they” and “your kind” and “those people” but sought to change someone’s life and by doing that made everyone’s life better.
(3) Officer Tommy Norman You’ve probably seen this as he’s been all over Social Media. It’s just such a great story about a police officer who’s actively making a difference by getting out and being a part of the community he serves.
My friends, find the good going on around you. It’s there! I promise. These stories I shared are happening now – today. And I’m certain there are countless others. These are not famous people; they aren’t wanting to be on the 6:00 o’clock news. What they are doing is being the change, getting to know the stories of others, finding out we are alike in so many more ways than we are different, and actively pursuing ways to make the world better. May that be the goal of each and everyone of us.
“Despite everything, I believe people are really good at heart”. Anne Frank