Positive, on purpose

Aug. 3, 2009

by Herald Journal & Enteprise Dispatch Editor Lynda Jensen

As a Christian, it can be hard to count blessings or look on the positive side of things in this day and age.

This world, and particularly our American culture, seems to focus on the negative.

In the newspaper business, I always say the bad news walks in the door, but the good news is hard to find – you have to look for it.

Nevertheless, I was reminded recently of this fact by a soldier who is serving in Columbia, South America (Jed Cates).

I do secretarial work at the Dassel Church of Christ. Every so often, I write notes to soldiers in our church, giving them updates and notes on a regular basis.

Last week, I gave him the rundown of prayers and concerns.

It was short and to the point; a bullet list of who was having surgery, and who was struggling with what. I was in a hurry.

He sent me a note back saying something like, “Thanks, but you remind me of when I visit my grandma, and she tells me about who broke a leg or was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Can you tell me some praises? Some good news?”

I sat there with my mouth open. He was right.

But I had to sit and think, “What are the blessings we’ve had at the church?”

After I reflected on it, the blessings started welling forth. But it took a purposeful step toward that idea to make it happen.

Let’s count our blessings this week and remember the answered prayers.

Remember to “encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing,” (1Thessalonians 5:11).

We, as Christians, are becoming a minority every day and we can’t afford to “not” do this. And hopefully, along the way, people will know that we are Christians by our love and encouragement.

Colby is waiting

Last week found me at the doorstep of the Humane Society of Wright County.

I came across this cute Lab-basset hound mix named Colby, waiting to be adopted at the shelter. He is a sweetie! Very gentle and mild mannered. It was hard to go home without him, but we did.

If you are interested in a dog, then stop by the society. It’s located on Highway 55 between Rockford and Buffalo.

Quote of the Week

“Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.” – Bill Cosby, Fatherhood, 1986