Have you ever started a conversation off this way or ever heard someone else say, “I have good news and I have bad news…which one do you want first?”
To be honest, I don’t like bad news. Who does? Even if you get some good news, the bad news spoils it. We tend to focus on the negative, not the positive.
I have had my fair share of bad news. (Even this past week) The feeling of disappointment or the lingering questions of “why” or “why now” causes you to second guess yourself.
Or perhaps you find yourself dwelling on the bad news so long that you end up in a bad mood. Wrong thinking always leads to negative emotions. Negative emotions are…well, they’re just negative! You are sad, angry, discouraged or even depressed. I hate that feeling of “funk” and not having any energy.
In my office on my desk, there sits a stone paper weight. I am actually looking at it at this moment. A quote on it by Albert Einstein reads, “in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” I am believing that today. I hope you will too.
No matter what bad news you have received, or will receive in the days to come, remember that God is working. Trust Him, lean into Him and rest in His good news. He has a plan. He always works everything out for our good.
Even the bad news!