A Scary World


By Jimmy Cochran

Columnist


Be honest for a minute. Are there days when you just don’t want to leave the house? Are there days when you just don’t want to be out in crowds of traffic and people? I have those days on occasion. The news around the world, the country, the state, and even our county is enough to scare us from leaving the safety of our homes. But, then we realize that we aren’t necessarily safe in our own homes anymore. One would think that the society is disintegrating before our eyes.

The media keep us informed on every gruesome detail of violent crimes and show us the videos over and over until we feel as if we were there. Shootings in schools, theaters, and other public places. We are led to believe that ISIS and other terrorist groups are lurking around every corner of our Square and have infiltrated every community. We see the tension between law enforcement and citizens played out on the television every night. Some nights, I hear a sound outside the house and lay awake just waiting to hear glass breaking and my home alarm system sounding. Or, not sounding.

So, on the other side, I know this way of thinking is not a good way to live. When I realistically pay attention to people out in the world each day, I realize that we are still doing a pretty good job. People still hold the doors for elderly people. They still pick up something that someone drops at the cash register or in the parking lot. Most people know how a four-way stop and a round-a-bout works and do it correctly. Generally, people smile and wave when you let them into traffic ahead of you (well, at least Southerners do). Our County and City public safety staff do a great job in keeping our communities safe. And, with a smile.

As our world seemingly spins out of control, I can promise you that there is hope. There is a place of calm and safety that you can find within yourselves. There is someone in control … not a President…not a King … not a Congress. The one who made this world is still in charge of this world and knows everything that is happening. God gave us free will, which means we can make our own choices, good or bad, without Him constantly stepping in and forcing us to do something. That’s why the world is in the state it is. In the scriptures, we hear the story of how when Jesus approached Jerusalem, He wept from a hillside because of the sin and decadence that had fallen over the Holy City. I know God is crying today over what we have done to His creation.

But, my friends, have hope. If you are a believer, you have the assurance that no matter what happens in this physical world, we have the presence of God’s Love with us and the assurance of an eternity in His Heaven. Our part is to not only believe in Him and try to follow His plan for our lives, but to tell others about Him and spread the Hope and Love to them. As I wrote earlier, I can promise as more and more people learn about God, His Love, and His Plans for us, then the world will begin to turn around and be a better place for us all. I’ve found it, how about you?

And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.

Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of Being God’s and Staying God’s, both available at Amazon.com. Being God’s is also available at Moye’s Pharmacy in McDonough.