“South Carolina principal takes night job at Walmart to support struggling students.”
“Meet the 8-year-old who opened a food pantry.”
“10-year-old connects with officer injured in Capitol riot after writing him a letter.”
“Seattle home bakers donate over 1,300 loaves of bread to local food bank.”
“Colorblind 22-year-old sees color for the 1st time after putting on special glasses.”
“Texas school district opens free grocery store to help disadvantaged students.”
“How one man with ALS is helping others with the same diagnosis.”
“Formerly homeless family gives back during COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Watch these 2 toddlers share a heartwarming hug.”
These headlines are from the Today Show’s regular segment called “Morning Boost.” They feature “inspirational, uplifting, funny and happy news, photos, videos and more.”
In a world filled with so much negative, depressing, and just plain bad news, they are indeed a refreshing boost. If you’re interested you can see these and many more on Today’s web page.
These stories got me to thinking about the importance, potential, and power of good news.
Good news lifts our spirits. Relieves stress. Brings a smile to our face. Provides a respite from pressing problems. Changes our perspective. Offers insight and solutions. Challenges our thinking. And inspires us to nobler attitudes and actions.
In an article on GoodNet, “Why Good News is Good For You, “Allison Michelle Dienstman verified that “research backs up this idea that sharing good news contributes to greater well-being for all.”
“Research by Nathaniel Lambert from Brigham Young University proves the perks of sharing positive experiences. Over a four week period, participants kept a journal of grateful experiences and shared them with a partner twice a week. Those who did both increased in happiness and life satisfaction. Not only that, but those who received the good news also reported better moods. In other words, sharing good news with others not only makes you feel better, but also improves the well-being of those around you.”
Albert Schweitzer, a German physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was right when he wrote, “Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.”
The Bible challenges us to think about the good in life. Things that are true. Noble. Right. Pure. Lovely. Excellent. Praiseworthy. And good report or admirable (Phil. 4:8).
Furthermore, our purpose in this world is not to constantly serve as cantankerous, censorious critics of our culture, to be the light of the world, and the salt of the earth. This means being like Jesus who “went about doing good” (Ax. 10:38). Following Paul’s advice, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10). And always seeking to do good to one another and everyone else” (I Thess. 5:15).
The ultimate good news” is, of course, the Gospel of Christ. In fact, the Greek word literally means “good tidings,” or “good news.”
When Jesus was born the angels appeared to the Shepherds and announced, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Jesus brought to earth God’s Good News of help, hope, and salvation from sin’s bondage and guilt.
The Good News proclaims that God loves you. Christ died for your sins. You can change your life. And that there is hope of a better life and a home beyond the grave.
The Good News was proclaimed by Peter, Paul and the other apostles all over the Roman Empire and “turned the world upside down.” Change in people’s lives occurred, not through coercion, political edicts, or social reforms, but internally as hearts were turned to Jesus by the Good News.
Our world today desperately needs the Good News.
However, before you can effectively share the Good News, you must be the Good News.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman