With the rise of the media over the last century, journalists thrive on sensationalism. In order to get our attention, they make each news story sound as big as it can be. Over time, I got tired of it. Even though I don’t watch the news, I do still read some online articles each week. As we started the new year, one of the articles I read gave an entirely different perspective: The 99 Best Things that Happened in 2017! No, this is not a sarcastic article. It really contains all good things happening in our world right now.
Despite the fact that we are bombarded with information about how we are ruining our world with climate change and diseases and fossil fuels, not all is bad. In fact, there are a lot of people and a lot of companies that have made good steps towards taking care of our planet and the people who live on it. Some of my favorites include:
• Numerous countries planting trees and creating national parks or protected areas.
• Abortion rates are at their lowest level since 1973.
• The last three years in China, the number of people in poverty has been cut in half.
• Zika is almost gone.
• The cost of solar and wind energy has dropped 20-30% in the last year.
• Crime rates in the US have dropped by half since 1990.
Articles like these provide us with encouragement and hope. Good news that tells us not everything is as bad and negative as we might think. I wish I could say a little good news goes a long ways, but I think we need to hear more of it than we do. As we go about our every day life, let us also use good words to encourage one another as Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Most importantly, we have good news and hope because of what Jesus has done for us and what we have to look forward to.