Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1, NLT)
Remember back in 2020 when the world was falling apart?
We were dealing with a global pandemic, political turmoil, and severe societal unrest.
It was a tough time to live.
During that time I developed a sermon designed to encourage and give hope to the congregations I ministered too. One of the things I did in my sermon was, beginning with World War I, to chart some of the incredible events and challenges of the last one hundred years or so.
I learned an important lesson from the comments I received from that message.
The thing that stood out the most to the listeners was the old news–all the things that their grandparents and parents and even themselves had gone through and yet–here they were. Life had gone on. God had been faithful. Somehow they’d managed.
Today’s news is so loud, so urgent, so…now.
But is it really and truly news?
It is easy to become so overwhelmed with the news of the moment that it becomes the only news. But that’s not true! This is not your first rodeo and neither is it God’s.
Let me remind you that while the pain, fear, uncertainty, frustration and loss you are experiencing now is real, it is not the only reality. There is a long track record of old news that charts the amazing resiliency, ingenuity, and conquering courage of people just like you. And, by God’s grace, they are all telling you that you too can make it.
Bottom line, make it your practice not to take to seriously any news that will not be news at least 100 years from now.