Tuesday, September 09, 2008

When Sharing Good News, Watch Your "Ticker!"

A news ticker is that little band that runs during a TV broadcast telling of breaking news, weather warnings, etc. Well, I saw one Friday morning that irritated me a little. It was on Good Morning America when they were doing a great piece on the NC Teacher of the Year, Cindi Rigsbee, who credited much of her success to a Mrs. Warnicke, her first grade teacher.

To make a long story short....wait... you can read the long story here - and it's a great story about gratitude for those important mentors in your life: http://thedreamteacher.blogspot.com/2008/09/finding-mrs-warnecke.html or see the actual video here (without the ticker!): http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=5734025.

During the interview, the news ticker continued to run with all kinds of news items, most of which were not in keeping with the upbeat, affirming tone of the interview...things about politics, war, etc. It was like, "yeah, good news is great, but don't forget how awful, and stressful, and negative things really are!" It reminded me of some people who seem to have a negative news ticker running in their lives all the time. No matter what good news they communicate, there is this underlying negative, pessimistic, worrisome world view that comes through.

Christ followers are given the great privilege of sharing good news, and this sharing can be compromised if it is given from a perspective or fear or negativism or worry. May we each make sure that when we're televising our own good news, that we don't have anything running in our lives that distracts people from the BIG story of how great our Savior is!

I like what Paul says in Colossians 4:5,6: "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."

So go out there in converse with the world about the ultimate good news, filled with grace, seasoned with salt, and without the distraction of worry or fear!

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