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News of the Day . . .

News of the Day . . .

 

"Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, 'Lord, who is going to betray you?') When Peter saw him, he asked, 'Lord, what about him?'"

 

Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."John 21: 20-22 (NIV)

 

You can fall down in any direction, bend your ear toward any point in the wind, direct your eyes to any degree on the compass, and you'll either hear a conversation or read a story or watch a video about the political friction of today, the poverty of manners, the quick anger and lack of reasoning or calm conversation in diplomacy. Or in social media exchanges.

 

Everyone has always been mad at everyone; we just didn't know about it. Now, we do. And about two seconds after it happened.

 

You have got to be fleet afoot to dodge the innermost thoughts of what so many are wishing to share. There used to be a filter. Then came the megaphone, then the telephone, and now the internet.

 

We watch and hear the news and ponder it and talk about it by the water cooler. Peace talks. Embargos. "Anyone know what the Braves did last night?"

 

But in doing that, we might be caught up in the habit of missing the only news we know intimately: the news of ourselves, the "news of our day."

 

First, do we even take the time to pay attention to our day?

 

And if we do, do we take the time to review? Or do we, as Peter did in this passage, worry only about what the other guy might do or get or be?

 

The better question is what can WE do differently, "we" being each individual one of us. It is easier to concentrate on and talk about what's happening with the angry politicians and the fleeting stars in the celeb magazines by the grocery market checkout line than to wonder what is happening to me, to MY life.

 

"What was I envious of today? Who was I angry with? And why? What opportunity did I pass up to help or to encourage? Am I doing anything to make a positive difference, or am I just getting upset about people who aren't."

 

Wouldn't things be better if I started doing that?

 

Frederick Buechner writes in one of his quietly convicting essays of this very thing. "The news of our day. Where it is taking us. Where it is taking the people we love. It is, if nothing else, a way of saying our prayers."

 

Teddy Allen

 

Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana  

Bible Teacher, Sports Announcer  

 

 

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