This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “world.”
It’s easy to be discouraged when you look at the state of the world.
As I look around me right now, it’s a mess.
A glimpse at the news headlines reveals countless tales of tragedy and violence, not to mention the ongoing fighting and political unrest which has gripped our nation for too long.
I see it in the small things too – in little comments made and acts of selfishness, in a general disregard for truth and a lack of kindness.
I feel the pressure of living in a place where Christianity is generally regarded as either foolish or dangerous and where people like me, who dare to tell its stories to children, are viewed with suspicion and wariness.
It’s all too easy for weariness and discouragement to creep in.
Yet when I lift my eyes from the world around me though and focus on truth, the story becomes a little different.
John calls us back to the truth that all we face now is only temporary, and that there is a much greater eternity in store.
“This world is fading away, along with everything people crave. But anyone who pleases God will live forever.” (1 John 2:17 NLT)
He also reminds us that although the forces of the world may seem powerful, we are equipped with a much greater power if we have God’s Spirit living within us.
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NLT)
It doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it means we can have hope, because we know who will win in the end.
“Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)