I CAN AND I WILL: Good news in your life

Rick Stanfield
Walton Sun

Does anybody need to hear some good news this week? I watch television and see people arguing, fighting, killing, and destroying. When I read posts on social media, I cringe at the blatant disrespect. To make things worse, my dog had a collision with a piece of yard furniture while chasing a rabbit and nearly died. If that’s not bad enough, I forgot a dear friend’s birthday. As I sit tonight, writing this column, I’m trying hard to think about “good.”

Acts 20:24

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace.

I think I’m probably one of God’s whiniest children as I run to him several times a day with my problems. Each time I run to him, he gives me the direction I need.

I turned off my 24-hour news channel, turned on “I Love Lucy” re-runs and watched nothing but this until I left for the grocery store. I had already noticed a difference, as I was laughing about Lucy eating chocolate candy, when every traffic light I drove up to was green. I got a text from a student who was excited about his classes this fall, and my favorite cereal was 50% off at the market. When I got home, my dog was sitting at the window watching a rabbit, wagging her tail, like she had a brand-new friend. Apparently her collision with the yard furniture wasn’t as bad as I thought.

How easy would this life be if we simply worked toward our finish line, not motivated by anger, and only influenced by “good?”

I’ve decided that the world may not be as we’re seeing it portrayed. Maybe we all need to turn on “I Love Lucy,” pray, and be thankful for everything God with which has blessed us.

What “good” is there in your life?

Rick Stanfield is a syndicated columnist, professor, motivational speaker and author. His latest book is “I Can and I Will.” For more information, visit his website at www.rickstanfield.com.