People can view the world optimistically, pessimistically, cynically or realistically. I like to think I’m a realist. Sometimes the world seems cold and miserable. Every once in a while, I’ll see an inspiring movie or hear a speaker tell a story, both full of hurt. Then I walk away sad and angry at the world because not everyone takes these stories as fact. I’m also sad and angry because these things actually happen. Stories about child soldiers, sex trafficking, and wars get drowned out in the Twitter and Facebook feeds about “normal” life. People like to stay in their own little world and forget that the rest of the world has so much bigger problems. On a college campus, this is especially easy. There are people who know that the world is messed up and tons of terrible things happen all the time, but they also know they can’t do anything about it, so they half way ignore the issues. And then there are people who see the problems and want to fix them. That’s where I’m at. I get so frustrated though because it seems like I can’t do anything. I can always pray and spread the only hope this world has. God is the only hope in this world. Without God, we are done for; we are nothing but shells.
With God, however, the world is such a happier place! There is hope that the world will one day be restored to the way God intended it to be. Sometimes, I get little glimpses at this world. It mostly happens when I’m having a good day, but I notice it most on bad days. On Tuesday, I was super anxious about life, so I took a walk outside and looked up at the sky. It was incredibly clear and the stars were bright spots in the sky. Whenever I look up on a clear night, I am reminded of God’s power and awesomeness. There are also a lot of people in my life who are so encouraging and make me laugh every time I see them. You need those people in your life. If you don’t have anyone to help you look on the bright side of things, you’ll end up being incredibly cynical or pessimistic.
Here’s my point: the world is messed up and it’s good to see that, but happiness and optimism are necessities. Also, Happy Friday!