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Why Can’t We Focus More On All Of The Good News In The World?

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happy-child-public-domainWhy does “the news” have to be 99 percent bad news? It is certainly very true that our world is facing great challenges, and those challenges are only going to become more intense during the years ahead, but why can’t we celebrate the good things that are happening as well? For decades, one of the mantras in news organizations all over the country has been “if it bleeds, it leads”, but life is not all about death and destruction. Yes, if we only focus on the positive our life will be out of balance, but the same thing is true if we only focus on the negative. For those of us that are “news junkies”, it is way too easy to slip into the mindset that everything is bad in the world. Without a doubt, things are dark and getting darker, but there are also a whole lot of people out there that are doing their best to be lights in their communities.

The average American has the television on approximately five hours a day, and much of that time is spent watching “the news”. Unfortunately, there are just six gigantic media corporations that control more than 90 percent of the news and entertainment that we consume through our televisions, and if we allow them to pour hour after hour of “programming” into our minds each day, it is inevitable that they are going to greatly shape how we view the world.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox shaping how my family and I are going to think and feel about things.

So I am very thankful for the alternative media, but just like the mainstream media it too can have an obsessive focus on the negative.

Yes, there are definitely times to focus on the great challenges that our society is dealing with, but there should also be time to celebrate the great triumphs.

For example, today I want to tell you about Christie Jameson. After Christie and her husband Alva got married they started raising two children of their own, but they quickly realized that they wanted an even bigger family.

So over the years they started adopting children that nobody else wanted into their family. At first it was just a few, but the family just kept on growing.

Over the course of several decades, Christie and Alva adopted a total of 35 children, and what makes that even more extraordinary is that 26 of those children had special needs.

Alva died in 2009, but Christie has continued to care for these precious children with all of her heart. Here is more on this incredible story from People Magazine

She and Alva felt they had room in their home and their hearts for several more children, so they began to adopt. One child led to two, then five, then 10, then 20. Over three decades, the Jamesons adopted 35 children in all — 26 of them with special needs.

“We didn’t go looking for our family — most of them came to us, once the word got out that we would take the kids nobody else wanted,” says Jameson, now a single mom (Alva died of cancer in 2009) caring for 11 disabled children at home, including six with serious heart defects.

It is amazing individuals such as this that our society should be celebrating.

But instead we exalt people like the Clintons, the Kardashians and our overly spoiled sports stars.

To raise even a single child takes an incredible investment of time, energy and love, but to raise 35 of them takes a person with an exceedingly special heart. And in the case of Christie Jameson that is especially true because over the years 12 of the special needs children ended up passing away

Over the years, Christie Jameson has adopted children who have Down syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome. Some of her children were physically or sexually abused and some are blind or deaf, while others have weak immune systems and are not expected to live full lives.

“Of the 35 we took in, we’ve lost 12,” she says. “Every time, it’s heart-wrenching, but if I had to do it all over again, I would. They deserved every happiness they could get in the short time that they were here. They brought a lot of joy into my life.”

Someone like that should be one of the most famous people in the entire country, but instead barely anyone has even known that she has existed up until now.

But of course you don’t have to be anonymous in order to do good things. Just look at what is happening down in eastern Tennessee. The horrible fires that recently destroyed much of Gatlinburg were so intense that they actually caused cars to melt in the overwhelming heat. It has been reported that at least 13 people were killed by the fires and at least 1,400 homes and buildings were damaged. In response to this great tragedy, Dolly Parton has decided to give all of the families that lost their homes $1,000 a month to help them rebuild their lives…

On top of Dolly Parton’s pledge to donate $1,000 a month to families who lost their homes in a destructive wildfire near the Great Smoky Mountains last week, the country singer is now hosting a telethon.

The event is set for Dec. 13 in Nashville, Dollywood spokesman Pete Owns confirmed to Mashable.

The additional fundraiser comes less than a week after Parton announced in a video that her Dollywood Foundation had set up the My People Fund, which will provide $1,000 each month for up to six months to families who lost their homes in the wildfires.

It is one thing to offer words of comfort to those that are hurting, but it is another thing entirely to step up and take care of their physical needs. So we should all applaud Dolly Parton for being a leader and taking care of her neighbors during this horrible time.

In our society today, a lot of people love with words, but not nearly enough people love with action. The following is what James 2:14-17 says in the Modern English Version

14 What does it profit, my brothers, if a man says he has faith but has no works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacking daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” and yet you give them nothing that the body needs, what does it profit? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

Let us be people of great faith, but let us also endeavor to be people of great works.

When it is all said and done, people may remember what we have said, but they will definitely remember what we have done.

In a world that is rapidly filling with darkness, light is needed more than ever, and so let us all do whatever we can to shine a light to those around us.

About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The Most Important News. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

  • K

    I salute the couple who raised all those children. And Dolly is just pure special.But sometimes the negative stories get more attention, because they represent something that need to be fixed. Gatlinburg is an example of something that needs to be fixed. The insane way we fight fires, is the main area of blame. We fight to contain fires, rather then put them out. I had a fire burning near me, for 3 1/2 weeks. Not a single tanker plane was ever used, no maximum effort.Had the wind shifted, we would have burned as well. The firefighters as usual did their best. Those who were in charge did not.

    • common sense

      The longer they take putting it out, the more cash they get! Same reason firefighters start them in the first place.

      • Tatiana Covington

        And all you need is a pair of glasses at +2.5D! Leaves absolutely no betraying residue.

  • DJohn1

    I think you are dealing here with engineering concerning the fires. Someone made some very heart breaking decisions based on what they could do with the resources they had to work with.
    The couple obviously did an enormous job of love and caring for those children that will be remembered forever by the children and their future families.
    Every great once in a while someone does something that qualifies them for being almost a saint. This is one of those times. I think it is people like those people that God sees and forgives the rest for the transgressions made.
    Unfortunately, the bad news is popular with the public and gets far more attention because of that popularity. Even in your own columns, how many are negative compared with how many are positive news?
    This country was built on certain values. Those values far outweigh the many problems we see today.
    In my community at least five churches are feeding the poor on a regular basis. No concern about being supported by the community and both poor and rich people meet together at these dinners.
    Every walk of life is represented.
    I often drive by churches in the area that I know are practicing their faith. I see parking lots around these churches filled with people. Often it is a combination of the old and the young raising families.
    This community is somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 strong. In the mid 80s a Real Estate firm got permission and put up a trip wire across a major street.40,000 cars were counted crossing the wire in one day.
    Where there is a definite need, people strive here to fill it and I am proud of this community’s efforts. Neither is any one minority discriminated against here. It is basically an Air Force community.
    I am sure this is one of many in this country quietly doing their best.
    Yet even here we have the usual suspects. The usual baggage that occurs when ever people interact.
    This is offset by decent police and fire people organizations backed by decent judges in the courts. It isn’t perfect by any means as we are all human beings with human faults.
    Most of the homes are built on concrete slabs and most are reasonably priced. The basic design and there are well over 60 different designs is a 3-4 bedroom ranch with two baths and large closets. Most have a brick exterior.
    There are many communities similar to this one throughout the midwest section of this country.
    God has reasons why he does things and we as mere humans are often left puzzled as to why something is done.
    Hopefully it will all end well if we simply have the faith necessary to accept whatever God does and who he has to do it.

  • Jim Davis

    OK Michael, you start by stopping your publishing of the “End Times” apocalyptic prophecies of every evangi-nut under the sun.

    • jaxon64

      Had to bring some hate to an uplifting article, didn’t you?

  • watchmannonthewall

    Isn’t this what the “snowflakes” are complaining about? Problem is they have their own definition of “good news” and it isn’t a balanced view of life. When I read the scriptures I see two things: 1) God is correcting His people nearly all the time, and, 2) When He speaks of “the good things to come” it is in the Millennial reign of His King, Jesus, Yeshua.

    One of the most often quoted verses of scripture I’ve heard over the last 20 years is Jeremiah 29:11

  • sun yaoting

    “average american has the television on approximately five hours a day”
    I use it as a low wattage heater (muted) because it seems to make a lot of heat over time per unit of energy; grandma turns it on so she won’t feel alone

  • Pete Okuhira

    I’ve noticed that not too many people who tune into Michael Snyder’s websites are not interested in this kind of articles and also natural disaster related articles.

  • SantosGarcia