- there are a lot of competing voices out there vying for our attention and affection and dedication, and it’s human nature to be filled with expectation and to wonder who, or what, might be the messiah, the savior, the one who will deliver us from our troubles, fix things, restore things, put things right.
- And God is beckoning, cajoling, recruiting, commissioning, empowering, and using us to establish his Kingdom here “on earth, as it is in heaven,”
- And we have a lot of work to do to keep the promises we make: to continue the apostles teaching and fellowship, breaking of bread, we need to persevere, repent, return, proclaim by word and example, seeks and serve, strive for justice and peace, and respect, and insist on the respect of every human being
But I'm re-thinking that this year.
What I'm fasting from this Lent is discouragement. That means cutting back on what is so often the source of discouragement, which is a tendency to gorge on, or dwell on, bad news.
(Let me be clear: that does not mean giving up news or otherwise burying my head in the sand: it means staying informed while finding ways not to get pulled into a downward spiral of feelings of numbness and helplessness; it means giving up unproductive feelings like hopelessness and resignation and taking on visible behaviors like giving encouragement and taking action.)
It means making visible -- here, on my blog, and even on Facebook -- the good.
Because the problem is -- to paraphrase the community organizer Rich Harwood -- a lot of times we see "good news stories…