The Effect of Negative Messages on our Mental State

Everywhere we go we are reminded that things are not as they should be.  Violence, overdose, prejudice, debt, so many things are wrong with the world – it can be overwhelming – it can suck all the joy right out of life.  The question that used to plague me – How can I stay abreast of what is going on in the world without getting depressed?  I didn’t want to be an ostrich with her head in the sand oblivious to what was happening around me.  And yet, I also didn’t want to be burdened by all the negativity.  What I discovered was the Serenity Prayer. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  I find that with practice I am getting better and better at identifying what to lift up to God and what I can do something about.  Now when I hear terrible news and there is nothing I can do, I simply pray “Come, Holy Spirit, come” and “Thank you Jesus for redeeming this world so that I can put this concern in Your hands and continue my day in peace.”

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