Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Step Into the Bright Side

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. Psalm 33:5

Today’s Reading: Psalms 33-34; Acts 24

What an inspiring verse that is!

Sometimes it's hard to see all of the goodness around us when the bad screams and hollers for our attention. It may be hard to believe, but there actually IS more good than bad in the world.

Need proof? We are still here! Remember the Cold War?

Yep… that was real as steel… but back to my point.

I wonder what would happen if more of us made it a point to look at the good around them rather than the bad. I bet we would all be more inspired to take part in that good, to add to it, invest in it. And with every small investment each of us made into that bank, the dividends would grow exponentially.

Years ago I talked to my host mom about what it was like living in the Brazilian dictatorships back in the day. I asked her why more folks didn't fight back, and she said because those that did got shut down. Then I asked, what would it have taken for her to join them? Nobody was happy right?

She agreed.

So I went on to say that if nobody liked the status quo, how many people would it have taken to make her take action? She said that she didn't know.

What if 20% were ready to fight? No. 30%? No. 50%? maybe...

Man... Fear is a powerful thing.

To keep it 100% real I totally get that. I’m much more down with being George Washington than being Crispus Attucks…

Fear makes most of us look around, waiting for someone else to step up. All the while the minority rule the majority. We are silenced and suppressed by our desire to preserve our own lives; even if that means that we cannot fully live them.

But, that scripture is a reminder of the truth... The good ALWAYS out number the bad.


We just have to remind ourselves of this by making sure we focus on the good before the bad. Before we look at a homeless person begging for money, why not look at the person next to us who gave her a sandwich? Instead of looking at the fact that the economy is in dire straits, why not look at how our families are pulling together to help each other weather the storm. Instead of looking at the fact that some of us don’t have a job, why not look at all of the extra time we have to pursue our dreams?

This isn’t a matter of the glass being half empty or half full. The glass is full to overflowing… It’s just that sometimes it’s hard to see the glass through the tears of our fears.

It’s ok to be afraid, as long as we don’t get stuck in that fear. Look at the bright side! Step out of the darkness and into the light.

Everything’s gonna be alright.


  1. ""Three" Little Birds" with a message: "...the earth is full of his unfailing love." So don't worry. Everything is gonna be alright.

    Thankfully, YUP!

    Wise little birds. :-)

  2. i definitely needed this so glad I read it when I read it.

  3. "This isn’t a matter of the glass being half empty or half full. The glass is full to overflowing… It’s just that sometimes it’s hard to see the glass through the tears of our fears." Droppin heat today brotha! This post reminded me of one of my favorite verses I hadn't looked at in a long while. 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (fear), but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." Sometimes we find ourselves desperately searching to feel empowered, love, and to have the self-discipline we need to realize our dreams, when as a result of his grace, we already have then. We just have to recognize it and tap into it.

  4. @P.H.L.T.H.Y. I'm glad that it was right on time for you sir. I hope all is well.

  5. @Kofi.. thanks brotha. And yes that 2 Timothy verse is a heater. It's one of those verses that stays in my spiritual arsenal.


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