Since my new book, What a Great Word, is releasing soon, I thought it might be a good idea to share a few excerpts from it. The past few weeks have been relatively short of what feels like Good News, so here’s a thought that might bring a little warm light to your day. The word for the day is NEWS!
The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.” Luke 1:19.
These days it’s difficult to put the two words, “good” and “news” side by side. Good news doesn’t seem to stream through the numerous devices we have at our disposal.
But in biblical times, and still today, God tries to get us to hear the good news. He wants us to never forget that despite the mess the world gets itself into, He is still watching everything. He is still in control. Perhaps simply trusting that statement helps us to know that we can indeed receive good news into our hearts.
We can spread the word. We can choose to play the angel and be people who are sent out to speak with others about the good news of God. We can be an ambassador of God’s goodwill, His steadfast love, and His enduring kindness to human beings. We can go before God in our prayer time and in our study of His word and stand close to Him, seeking His guidance on how to create balance in the world; how to give people the good news.
You have a lot of things to do today, and each one is important, but see if you can find a moment to offer good news to someone. Extend a helping hand, offer a prayer, or simply make a connection so they know they are not alone. The world all around you is desperately waiting for something better; they are waiting for good news.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special regard to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. Saint Augustine