Refresh Your Bones With Good News

Is No News Good News?

News aggregation sites can be addicting. There’s always something…new. That’s why it’s called NEWs, I guess. (Yep, I figured out that one all by myself.) So if you’re like me, you know what I mean when I say how habitual it is to regularly check the news. Scroll, skim, click, open in new tab, save to Pocket, read, repeat. Ad nauseam.

Unfortunately, the majority of news is often negative in some way. Violence, death, bad economy, markets down, you name it. Ironically, it’s often the same in that regard; it’s not really new at all. It’s the same types of bad stuff, everyday, just happening to different people or in other places. And all that repeated negativity can really sap the spirit, making a person feel worn down inside.

One time, a Christian friend of mine was somewhat downcast or discouraged because he was regularly feeding his mind with a dire doomsday type of news site. No wonder he often felt down! Doom, gloom, bleak, offensive, depressive, shocking, terror, grave: these are popular sensations or headlines in the news. If you put a lot of it into your mind a lot of the time, of course you’re going to feel bad a lot of the time.

Now let’s look at a scenario. To start a day, how about: 15 minutes of Bible reading followed by 30 minutes of bad news headlines or articles (note the contrast). Taking human nature into account honestly, you will likely feel negative after such a routine. Maybe you’ll pray about the bad things in the news, but you’ll probably still feel a little grieved or disturbed by it.

I get that it’s important to stay current with some news, but if you’re like me and you sometimes feel dragged down by it, I have good news for ya: there’s a good way to get good news. Actually, I’ll give you three good ways.

“…good news refreshes the bones.” Proverbs 15:30

Good News Feed

There’s an app for that. Feedly. One of my faves, it let’s you hand pick your news feed, so that you can ensure you’re always feeding yourself only good news sites, blog sites, etc. It’s a good alternative to general news aggregation sites or web portals that throw all kinds of news at ya, which can include stuff you’re not interested in and lots of sensational and negative stories. Also, what you see is not determined or limited by an algorithm like in your Facebook news feed (insert dislike button).

Good News Sites

As there is actually a lot of good news in the world, there does exist good-news-only websites. I’m not too familiar with them except to say that they report only news stories that are positive in some way. And their headlines are surprisingly uplifting! Here’s a list of a few to try:

Here’s an excerpt from Daily Good’s about page:

“Often times, watching the nightly news and reading mainstream newspapers it’s hard to remember the presence of good in the world. And yet it is constantly around us. The world is full of everyday heroes and true stories of transformation.”

The Good News

Last but not least, there’s the question to ask yourself, am I spending more time reading the news or reading God’s word? Because the gospel is always good news!

When you think about all the bad stuff you read in the news, you may feel like there is no hope for mankind. But there is! The good news of Jesus Christ is powerful enough to change the world and is the only hope for mankind.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16

Although the corruption of sin creates lots of bad news in this world, Jesus came into this world with the good news of salvation, eternal life, and the kingdom of God. The gospel not only applies to unbelievers for salvation, but also to believers for continued daily grace and power and peace to confront the troubles of the world.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

As a Christian, it is vital that you renew your mind everyday with God’s word. And after you fill your heart and mind each day with the good news of Christ, you can bring that good news to people drowning in bad news.

So if you feel the marrow has been drained from your bones, here’s the call to action: renew your dedication to prayerfully seeking God in his word, refreshing your bones with good news everyday. And bring the good news to others.

“…good news refreshes the bones.” Proverbs 15:30

2 thoughts on “Refresh Your Bones With Good News

  1. It really is something to think about – our news routine. I stopped watching the news a long time ago and found a lot of peace in not having to be ‘plugged in’ to the news feeds. When we consume media, we are feeding a part of ourselves. I figure we should make it good food. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Britt. I agree. I find myself trying to stay balanced. When I get too hooked on the news, I feel negative sometimes, so I refrain from checking it. I take a break from it, but since I don’t wanna “stick my head in the sand”, I check in on the news often enough to stay current. Hope that makes sense.

      Thanks for your feedback, and keep up the good work on your blog!

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