March 23rd, 2007

Life is Good, Part Two

The following is a user-submitted post (from Mother dearest). The views expressed in this blog post are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the blog’s owner, her son. 😛

I wanted to write a blog today for Connor’s blog. Frankly, his blog needs it…

I just want to go on record saying LIFE IS GOOD. There is so much incredible goodness everywhere. And sometimes when we analyze and nitpick everything to death, we lose sight of that.

So, for starters, we live in an incredible country. The United States of America is the finest country ever, second only to the City of Enoch, in my opinion. We are so blessed. I have traveled the world over, including Africa, and there is nothing like it. I can say whatever I want. I don’t have armed guards on my streets. I can vote the bums out of office if I want. I can go to church when and where I want. I can start a business easily. I can read a bazillion newspapers with bias galore. I could go on for hours about this topic alone. I understand that you call have gripes about the government but never lose site of the fact that this country is incredible. The USA is made up of Americans. And they are among the most wonderful people on the earth.

Second, people are great. Not just good—great. I’ve met and worked with the most amazing people. Men and women who write you a check to take care of children they’ve never met and never will. Moms and dads who love their children and spend every day doing their best to take care of them. Even the liberals. They love their babies too. And all the moms and dads and brothers and sisters do their very best to take care of their families. And they don’t stop there. I have seen so many, many people who reach out to those in need. I’ve seen my dad contribute his entire wardrobe so many times when people called just asking for donations. I’ve met a little girl who shared her only sandwich with twelve other orphans. I’ve seen a family work hard to save their change to give to those in need. I could go on for years about this. So while you’re all ripping people to shreds, never forget that they’re trying to do their best. Every day they all get up and try to be even better and love even more the next day.

Third, the future is wonderfully bright. Yes, we live in the last days. But it is the dispensation of the FULLNESS. There are so many great things happening on this planet. Never, ever be so jaded or cynical that you fail to see them. And while there are things in this world that are swirling in darkness, there is incredible light.

And I hope that each of us is radiating that light. I hope that each of us every day takes the time to beam out love and light to all we meet.

Just had to say that. Because every day I see God’s light spill out throughout the skies and I meet people every day who have His love and light in their eyes.

Dialogue is good. Study is good. But loving is better.

13 Responses to “Life is Good, Part Two”

  1. Naiah
    March 23, 2007 at 4:24 pm #

    Yes, Merrilee!!

    Forgive a random literary moment, but I can’t help but be reminded of :

    “…that all life is perhaps a knot, a tangle, a blemish in the eternal smoothness. But why should this make us unhappy? Let us rather love one another, and work and rejoice. I don’t believe in this world sorrow.”

    Miss Honeychurch assented.

    “Then make my boy think like us. Make him realize that by the side of the everlasting Why there is a Yes—a transitory Yes if you like, but a Yes.”

    (A Room with a View, E.M. Forster, chapter II “In Santa Croce with No Baedeker”)


  2. Steve
    March 23, 2007 at 5:11 pm #

    amen, amen and AMEN!

    let the light shine forth. everyone get out your darksuckers!

  3. fontor
    March 23, 2007 at 5:20 pm #

    Great thoughts. And thanks for putting in a good word for the liberals. 🙂

  4. Michael L. McKee
    March 23, 2007 at 6:42 pm #

    Life is good indeed, when the Lord’s hand we see,
    ourselves, His image, where darkness was, is He.

    Life is good indeed, but darkness looms in spite,
    of all we would that He would see, and give us of His light.

    Life is good indeed, for though we search, and darkness flee,
    His hand in all is plain to see, for all He has He’d give to me.

    Lise is good indeed, I see it there through faith anew,
    though clearly darkness lies, it hopes to block my view.

    Life is good indeed, alas I see and reason why,
    the darkness knows, and so do I, you see, His time is nigh.

  5. Dan
    March 23, 2007 at 7:20 pm #

    Even the liberals. They love their babies too.

    How can I NOT love this little girl of mine. Thank you for adding that comment in Connor’s Mom. 🙂

  6. m&m
    March 23, 2007 at 11:23 pm #

    This was great. Thanks, Merrilee!

  7. Kelly Winterton
    March 24, 2007 at 8:43 am #

    Great thoughts, but I disagree with one premise – that life is good because our country is go great. Smacks of arrogance. Life is good because of the hope of the Gospel’s message, and because of good children of God, but NOT because of a country! Our country is way down on the list in many areas, health care, freedom of press, and others. Many other countries outshine us in many areas. It also alienates those same children of God who live in countries other than your beloved USA. You mention briefly “voting the bums out” but this is really not possible the way we do elections in our country. (Black box voting is only the tip of the visible iceberg.) It will indeed take much effort to make our country become the best in the world, effort that will not bear fruits unless we expose the Gadiantons who are currently destroying our country.

  8. mother
    March 24, 2007 at 9:36 am #

    Kelly, Kelly, Kelly . . . .
    Did I not define our country by its people? Can one not love her country and feel blessed to live here? Trust me, the Zambians love their country too and would have said the same thing. And they totally understand why I love mine.
    It is not arrogant or alienating to love one’s country.
    Do you feel that the Zambians are arrogant to love their country? Or do you feel alienated by their patriotism?
    And if you do not feel our country is great, go ask all the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world who would move here in a heartbeat if they could. . .
    They seem to see what you do not.

  9. mother
    March 24, 2007 at 9:37 am #

    And Dan, that is one incredibly cute baby!! You must be gaga over her!

  10. Carissa
    March 24, 2007 at 10:11 am #

    As quoted over and over again by our church leaders:

    “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
    — Alexis de Tocqueville

    So let us “cheerfully do all things that lie within our power” to help America remain good! I am so grateful for the gospel and the blessings it brings. It gives us much needed balance in our lives — a sense of responsibility and vigilance to fight against evil, and the calm reassurance that the Lord is ultimately in charge and knows what is best. We can be grateful for what we have and know life is good, without becoming complacent or ignorant of Satan’s increasing influence in our world. Righteousness is also increasing in the world, let us actively be part of that force!

  11. Steve
    March 24, 2007 at 10:50 am #

    …and another thing about living in a free country is that you can *leave* at any time.

    or stay and whine.

  12. Kelly Winterton
    March 24, 2007 at 6:33 pm #

    Or stay and work to make it better.

  13. Dustin Davis
    March 27, 2007 at 8:20 am #

    Great post! Connor “the cynic” needs more posts like this 😀

    Of course, if he were not so cynical I doubt he would get as much traffic…

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