Has the world gone crazy? It looks like the values and ideals I grew up with have been tossed carelessly aside, in favor of agendas and ideals touted by whoever yells them the loudest. The focus on media, and the ongoing stream of information makes it seem like if we blink, or sleep, or simply unplug we’ll be left behind and never able to understand or catch up.
People seem angry. Tired. Overwhelmed. Afraid. I get it because I find myself feeling that way sometimes, too. And then I start to feel hopeless because it IS overwhelming. Too much, too fast, and too loud.
What’s the answer?
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
– Colossians 3:1-2
I don’t believe for a minute that we’re supposed to “check out” of life – we are most certainly active participants in the world around us. I’m not talking about sticking our heads in the sand – I’m talking about survival: spiritual and emotional survival. Staying balanced, calm and sane in the midst of a chaotic world.
I made a decision many years ago, to follow Jesus Christ. That means that He has become my foundation – my anchor, and my choices and values should reflect that belief. That’s my hope. That’s my balance. That’s what I come back to when the chaos threatens to invade my peace.
I know this: The things in this world will change: values, leaders, countries, laws, relationships, borders… but Jesus doesn’t change. It’s the one thing in my life I know I can absolutely rely on – and I choose to focus even more on what God says is truth (in the bible), so that I know how to handle the chaos around me without becoming enmeshed in the craziness.
Let the world have its craziness. I choose Jesus and His peace. You can, too.
P.S. It won’t kill you to unplug.