Everyday, we face the prospect of gobbling “bad news” the way we would on our favorite “chichirya” (junk food) or simply choose what we read and watch as we go instead for the “good news”.
Honestly, after working in the media since 1997, I realized that bad news has its way of influencing the way we approach life at times.
Bad news is good news – that’s “good news” as long as it “sells”.
Imagine how many “hits” bad news can generated for days, weeks or even months when people start clicking on the website of a particular news agency daily.
While bad news may be good news to media due to the expected increase increase of advertisers along the way, in reality, bad news has a long-term effect on the minds of people.
Filling your mind with bad news (negative news) is like inhaling second-hand smoke or thick, black smoke emitted by a 16-wheeler truck.
And again, when we “inhale garbage”, we eventually become what we think or meditate.
When problems arise, our natural tendency is to worry, be anxious, get angry and even play the “blame game” – blaming other people for the mess we see.
(Like the garbage problem: where people tend to blame the government for the never-ending garbage problem – though if we look closely within us, the most important question we need to ask is, “How do we dispose our garbage, like the candy wrappers?)
My kids and I were watching some Youtube video short clips of Nick Vujicic, the world-renowned inspirational speaker, book author and one-time Manila visitor.
I remember what Nick Vujicic said before thousands of participants last year at the Smart Araneta Coliseum – “Stay away from negative people” or stay away from anything that can feed your mind with junk – things that can make you fearful, anxious and worrisome.
Instead, surround yourself with people who are there to encourage you, strengthen you in your “down moments” and people who will “speak the truth in love”.
Let me leave you with these two passages I read from Philippines 4:8-9 (NIV) –8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.And the God of peace will be with you.”
Whatever…whatever is true, noble, right, pure...we can have all this and we can focus on all of these when we begin appreciate the “Good News”.
Here’s what the “Good News” really means as defined by Bible.org:
When Christians refer to the “Gospel” they are referring to the “good news” that Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for our sin so that we might become the children of God through faith alone in Christ alone.