You may have noticed I’m not quick to react to all the crazy, sad, violent and horrific things going on in the world. When I do post about current events it is only after much thought and prayer. But after recent terrorist attacks and the web going crazy over red coffee cups I feel the need to address the much broader issues here.
We create our own reality with our thoughts. This truth I know for sure. If we believe the world is an evil place, everyone who does not agree with us is against us and we are being persecuted, that is exactly what we will experience. If we believe in a vengeful, angry God who hates everyone else, that is what we will take out into the world. However, if we walk daily in the presence of God, spreading His light, love and goodness to all we meet our world will be a much different place.
So what do we do when the world goes crazy? How do we react, or keep from reacting?
1. Stay calm. Breathe deep. Surround yourself, your loved ones and the world with the Light of God.
2. Resist the urge to respond to every major world event and every petty little slight. The more we talk about what’s wrong with the world the more we will focus on it and bring it into being.
3. Respond to anger with kindness. This is not easy.
4. Walk away if necessary. Also not easy.
5. Allow other to have their beliefs and opinions realizing you do not always have to be right or have the last word.
6. Surround yourself with positive, caring people. Do this for support and encouragement, not to retaliate against the “other side.” Do not get involved in the wars of others.
7. Believe light overcomes darkness, good overcomes evil and life overcomes death.
8. Let your light shine. Live what you believe, don’t just talk. People will remember your actions long after your words are forgotten.
9. Live without fear. You can actually feel the fear in the world. Fear can cause the thing we fear most to happen. A favorite scripture of mine is, “Fear not little flock, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32. This is not a “heaven” statement but a here and now statement. There is no need to worry or be afraid because God does provide.
10. Focus on guarding your own thoughts, words and actions, not those of others. Let other people be. You stay centered and calm.
Be a beacon to the world in a dark time. Let the light that you are shine and shine and shine some more!