Do You Get The Bad News Blues?
Many of my friends don’t watch the news. “Too depressing,” they say. One time a friend asked me, “Allen, don’t you ever get the news blues?”
My short and quick answer used to be (and it was enough), “I don’t read the papers, and I don’t own a television.” That means nothing now. As soon as the computer fires up, news bytes flash somewhere on my computer screen. You can’t escape hearing or seeing the news, so the answer is in how you process the news.
It’s all in the processing. Reader, when I was a so-called teenager, I devoured the writings of Emma Curtis Hopkins. I read her books, especially High Mysticism, from front to back. Sometimes I read from back to front – just to switch things up a bit.
I Couldn’t Stop Reading This
While reading one of her Bible studies, I came across two sentences. I read them several times. I couldn’t stop reading them. When I tried to turn the page, those sentence were like a short leash pulling my attention back to them. Immediately, I knew they were true. Here they are:
ALL HUMAN HISTORY IS BUT THE TRANSCRIPTION OF A DREAM. IT NEVER HAPPENED AT ALL.
That, my friend, is how I process the news. But let’s dig deeper into those two sentences.
If It’s Not God, It’s Not.
God (Love) is the only Activity. God (Love) is the only Actor. If the activity you read about is not Love in action, it is not happening and never did happen.
When you read the newspaper, or hear a newsflash, ask yourself, “Is this God (Love in action)?” If your answer is “No,” then regard it as you would any other novel or television dramedy. Simply know THIS IS NOT REAL. IT IS NOT HAPPENING. GOD IS ALL.
You may be asking, “Does this help?” The answer is “No” if you are merely saying words. But if you are KNOWING that it is not real, you will see, and you will hear, the evidence of your knowing. This also goes for the seemingly “bad” news you may hear in your home, in your neighborhood, or in the workplace.