I love this quote I found online. I believe this to the very core of my being. There is light!
Looking around at the world today and all that is happening in the news, we will notice a lot of bad; there is a lot of hatred, sorrow, terrorism, etc. We will notice people who don’t care any more. There is more financial stress, more destruction, and more illness, and the list goes on. Many people can grow cold and uncaring or just become immune to all the evil in the world. What was once devastating or shocking to society years ago will be acceptable or ‘normal’ today. Take divorce for example. It is very commonplace today, but a couple hundred years ago, if someone were to say they were getting divorced, they would probably be either shamed or pitied greatly. Now it is much more acceptable.
In a world growing cold, immoral, or uncaring I can find myself becoming judgmental. It’s just not the way it used to be. More and more of what is acceptable now was immoral 50 years ago. It is very easy to focus on what is bad in the world. The news, for example has mostly stories of terrorism, war, and crime with only a short human interest story at the end. There is a way I’ve learned to stop being so sorrowful and disappointed concerning the world system.
Look at the stars
The more darkness there is, the more stars I can see. I can go out to the country and see an image such as the one here. A multitude of stars in space. There is darkness all around, but so many stars to enjoy. If I keep my head up instead of down, I can see more light instead of darkness.
In the city, with all the lights, buildings, and cars, there is much less light in the sky. It’s easy for me to be so distracted by the action, people, and things around me that I no longer see the stars. The world is in the way. Even when I do look up, the stars are much less noticeable. Most of them are dimmed in the midst of the lights of the world.
Look to God
These two verses say it all. “God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5. and “Set your mind on thing above.” Colossians 3:2. If I keep looking up, if I look at the stars in the night sky instead of the darkness itself, I can see light. There is still good in the world. There is still happiness. God is teaching me not be so negative. Do not see the glass half empty. Do not look only to the faults in the world. See the small points of light in the midst of darkness. Focus on the positive.
Like Carrie Hope Fletcher said, “Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.” See link above for more information on Carrie Hope Fletcher.