With what weâ€™ve seen of weather disasters, economic problems, and difficulties in our cities, there are likely many of us who would say, â€śGood riddance!â€ť to 2011. But letâ€™s not forget some of the good news, such as the encouraging stirrings and revolutions for democracy that weâ€™re seeing in some countries. There are also studies indicating that violence is generally decreasing in tangible ways. And in the debates and protests around the globe, I have been struck by the tremendous heart evident in people.
In light of such things, along with what hopes we still have within us, maybe we can begin to see in this past year something of the promise of good thatâ€™s already here. Sure, hope isnâ€™t enough to help someone recover after a disaster. But letâ€™s consider where things can go when we see our lives from the standpoint that our divine Creator is profoundly good and has a wonderful order of His universe for us to discover in whatever country and village we find ourselves.
This year has had its challenges for me, including financial challenges. But it then recently occurred to me that I was overly swayed by the bad news going on â€“ and not swayed enough by the promise of what I was able to discover of Godâ€™s good to help us all. This realization was a powerful turning point for me, from which I went forward and found ways to make a difference in my year and, I would like to think, in the lives of those around me.
Itâ€™s in this spirit that Iâ€™ve thought of the past year as Âreally having been full of promise. A God-based view of things makes all the difference. Itâ€™s this spiritual lens that enables us to stay above the fray, harvest the good of the present, and so best prepare for tomorrow. Christ Jesus said: â€śSay not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvestâ€ť (John 4:35).
Are we waiting for good to come along from somewhere else? Are we focused on ways we havenâ€™t seen the good we want? Or rather, are we trying to see more of the good that God has already provided â€“ goodness that is ready for us to spread in our world?
Truly, the good thatâ€™s in store for us is not something thatâ€™s yet to be created. Itâ€™s ready for us to see. Life was not created for us to step and stumble through alone. Neither was it created for us to petition God for a random blessing. We are witnesses of Godâ€™s infinite good.
Sure, maybe it feels more like weâ€™re witnesses in training, since the way doesnâ€™t always seem clear. But a God-centered view leads us to more good. We need only to follow it. The founder of the Monitor, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote: â€śThe conscientious are successful. They follow faithfully; through evil or through good report, they work on to the achievement of good; by patience, they inherit the promiseâ€ť (â€śMiscellaneous Writings 1883-1896,â€ť p. 340).
Weâ€™re learning about what works in life, and maybe plenty about what doesnâ€™t work, and thereâ€™s enough going on to suggest that weâ€™ll continue to gain in our role as witnesses to Godâ€™s infinite glory. So letâ€™s keep on looking to the light.
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