I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
All it takes is turning on the television to realize we live in a crazy world. We get bombarded with news about political unrest, racial disunity, a troubled economy, and many other unsettling tidbits. Disunity and disagreement seem to define our days. The talking heads have our heads spinning and reaching for the aspirin or, at the very least, the remote.
From a potential storm to the latest tech gadget, culture overhypes it as the latest and greatest until the next news cycle hits. From our budgets to the over-sexualization seen in movies and magazines, everything is over the top. Add in family distractions, financial stress, health issues and the uncertainty that comes with living in this world, it is no wonder that many of us are freaking out.
To catch our breath, we hop on social media only to find that was an even bigger mistake. People posting their picture-perfect life to Instagram adds to the pressure we feel. The noise gets louder as individuals give out their two cents on everything in 140 characters or less on Twitter. Someone drops a passive aggressive grenade and BOOM; our Facebook feed gets blown up.
The constant amusement to distract us from reality has backfired. Without even thinking, we can find ourselves feeding into the drama and, if we’re not careful, addicted to it. Instead of responding to our circumstances, we react.
Even though we want to put our head in the sand because we are sick of the chaos, there is no way to escape it. This broken world is our reality. Due to sin, brokenness permeates our relationships and our systems.
So, how does one live sane in a crazy world? Is it possible to quit reacting emotionally to the chaos and instead respond to our circumstances with purpose and conviction?
We might not have any control over the world around us, but we do have a say in one thing: our response. We have a choice whether we want to act on our emotions or stand in the security of what we believe. As the church, we are called to be a city on a hill and a place of refuge. We're charged with living differently by being a steady force that others can look to when it is storming all around them.
This requires intentionality and purpose. It entails having the courage to head down a narrow road that exists in the midst of the chaos. Sanity doesn’t come because we somehow changed our circumstances. We only experience it when we walk securely based on our convictions. We aren’t at the mercy of the mad world. Instead, a King who leads a kingdom that is different than all the rest governs us.
How are you dealing with the chaos around you?
What do you believe is the key to living sanely in a chaotic world? What makes you answer in the way that you do?
God, chaos might surround me, but it doesn’t define me. Uncertainty might want to rattle me, but I stand on Your firm foundation. Fear might attempt to shake my bones, but You provide me peace. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking me. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.