Doom and gloom are overrated

Over the last few days I have been bombarded by “information” both good and bad. You could say I’ve suffered information overload.

People often send me links to Christian sites, sermons and inspirational material that promise revival and the spiritual awakening of the United States of America. At the same time I often get “warnings” from others about the destruction and desolation of the United States of America. It can all be a bit overwhelming. Do the promises of good things to come flow from the throne of God? Do the threats of utter chaos and failure in our country come as a warning from the love of God?

How can a person tell what to embrace and what to discard? I don’t want to be an ostrich with my head in the sand with warning signals all around that I have ignored. Neither do I want to be a pie in the sky kind of Christian who can’t deal with the daily reality of life’s challenges.

In particular, I am reminded of the Y2K scare a few years ago that stirred some people to a frenzy and caused them to horde a little bit of everything. Remember the scare tactics? All computer programs were supposed to fail. We were supposed to be without the ability to buy and sell globally because all of the world’s wealth has become a shell game played out on banking website interactions.

The possibilities for disaster are endless. I read somewhere that the enemies of the United States have a pulsar weapon that can be detonated 20 miles above the earth and knock out all of our computers, electricity, and power grids. We would instantly go back to living in the dark ages with most of our population totally unprepared for such a scenario.

There are also predictions that Planet X is going to wreak havoc on the natural cycles of earth as its orbital path brings it dangerously close to earth. Add to that the predicted collision with a meteor eventually, the father of quakes along the San Andreas fault line, 100 foot tsunamis that result from underwater earthquakes at sea that are nine or greater on the Richter scale. Visions of global droughts, crop failures, starvation, and disease round out a pretty dismal picture for the citizens of planet earth, IF a person takes them to heart.

At the totally opposite extreme are those who predict the comeback of King Coal, the revitalization of our economy, spiritual and financial renewal in the United States, and a worldwide revival. I personally hope these are the truths we can hold to.

The thing about doom and gloom scenarios are that they are tormenting. They rob our peace, trouble our dreams, make us fearful of tomorrow, and leave us feeling utterly helpless, hopeless and powerless. How is that helpful in any way?

I love this thought, although I cannot track down the origin. “Live each day to the fullest, as if it is your last, but plan for tomorrow as if you will live forever.”

There is an old hymn that says, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus and His righteousness…” Whatever comes, I have put my hope in God who is able to sustain His children in the direst of circumstances or to release abundant blessings into the lives of individuals or to our nation. Or if perhaps my work is done and my time comes to leave this world behind, I will gladly go to my reward. I refuse to live a life of doom and gloom.

Reach Judith Victoria Hensley at [email protected] or on Facebook. Check out her blog: One Step Beyond the Door.

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