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Focus on positive things
Don’t forget if you want a Boston Butt for Labor Day to contact a Richville fire department member for tickets. They are $30 and will be ready for pickup on Saturday morning, September 4.They do a great job cooking, and this benefits our community. So, let’s support them in this fundraiser! If you don’t know contact information, just contact me. My contact information is at the end of this column.
Union Baptist had a good homecoming this past Sunday. Providence had a great Sunday School and worship service. Concord and Sardis continue to have services, also. So, there are plenty of churches in the area for you to attend on Sunday.
It’s hard to look around us and see all the disheartening things happening. The flooding in Tennessee is devastating to see. It’s almost unbelievable that much damage could occur with just water. Then there are the wildfires out west that are consuming acre after acre of everything in its path. Plus, there’s the earthquake in Haiti, the hurricane season approaching its peak, the situation in Afghanistan, I could go on and on with bad news. Also, COVID-19 cases are increasing with hospitals overcome with patients needing beds.
There was a song released in 1983 by Anne Murray called “A Little Good News.” It states all the things that were happening at that time, and it’s the same things as today, maybe the location or specifics are a little different. But it states that she would like to see no news today because nothing bad happened or even better all that was printed would be good and happy news. The song ends, “We sure could use a little good news today.” We as Christians need to focus on the positive things happening around us. Not only focus on those things, but have a positive attitude that others will see.
It’s so easy to get downhearted, but the Bible tells us in Psalms 43:5, “Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Also, Joshua 1:9 reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” So, we should be strong in our faith that God is with us regardless of the circumstances. We need to praise Him in the bad, as well as the good.
Brother George mentioned in his sermon Sunday that we often start or even our entire prayer is about our needs. Or more accurate, our wants! Instead, we should be praising God for what He has done for us, praising Him for all the good in our lives. Sometimes, we would rather be “oh me” than “thank you” when we pray. I’m not saying to not take our troubles to the Lord in prayer, but just that our entire prayer life shouldn’t be about those troubles. We can look at a glass as half empty or half full, which do you?
As we go about our daily lives, we need to continue to pray for our nation and our leaders, as well as our state and its leaders. Continue to be in prayer for the sick in our community and to those that have lost loved ones. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!