I apologize for my lateness on the Live Like It Matters challenge this week.

Normally, the challenges involve an act of kindness toward others. Something that can be done and the results seen immediately.

This one is different.

The events that have unfolded around the world this week have left me……I don’t know the right word.

Angry. Disheartened. Worried. Helpless.

I mostly feel helpless. What can a middle aged woman living in Alabama, USA do?

I came up with a few things:

  • I can pray. For the victims and for our leaders around the world and the future leaders of the world. I can pray for those that keep us safe….the military, our police, and any that are at the forefront of the fight.  I can pray for of us not to live in fear. And for those without hope, to find Hope. And I can pray for our enemies.
  • I can continue to live like it matters right where I am. I can be kind, say hello and thank you, go the extra mile, be happy for others when good things happen, laugh with them and cry with them.
  • I can stay informed. As much as I hate hearing about all the evil happening around the world I cannot stick my head in the sand and pretend it isn’t. That’s irresponsible. Sadly, I’ve been the person that won’t watch the news. But I can’t do that anymore. I need to get informed and stay informed about what’s going on with my fellow human beings around the world. Even if it hurts to hear about it. Even when it makes me angry. Even when I feel helpless a lot of the time. I know how to pray when I’m informed. I might have an epiphany of what I can do to help when I’m informed.

That’s the challenge this week. Get and stay informed. newsWatch the local or national news then go to other sources to find out more. Watch a well rounded variety of news programs, read several magazines, and check credible online sources.  Do not get your information from one source. The goal is to be accurately and fully informed.

One more thing:  fight the tendency to stay disheartened and worried and fearful.

Let’s shine.

And let’s pray, and live like it matters, and stay informed.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.        Romans 15:13 NLT