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Friday, April 23, 2010

Good News and Bad news

Have you ever had someone come up to you and say; I have some good news and some bad news for you which do you want first.

A lot of thoughts occur to say in response to that such as; neither, which do you think I should hear first or just give me the good news.

I hate to have to decide this issue with no hint or information to base my choice upon. If I take the bad will it override any good I hear later or - - if I hear the good will it be negated by the bad which follows?

No one is excluded from having to face this kind of issue sometime. Let’s look at the good news. Good news will advance us in one or more ways and after viewing it from all angles lets embrace it to the extent we are comfortable with it.

The bad news usually doesn't go away without doing some damage.

Included here are a couple of quotes from Heather Tooley’s web page in dealing with problems.

"Take a mental break from the problem at hand. For a short period of time, free your mind of any turmoil. It's like taking lunch at work - you feel more prepared to take on the rest of the day afterwards. 

And - - Do a self-check. What are the pros and cons of each solution you are considering? Decide what you can live with and what you cannot.


By facing your problems you discover more, who you are in the process. Your values and principles play a large role in how you solve problems. Write down all of the possible solutions to your problem."

Additionally, "Weigh the good and bad to help you determine what course of action to take. Use a” window of time" to make the best decision without over-analyzing."

We have often heard “the gospel is good news” this is partly good news. For those who accept it and live by it, and allow it to guide our lives it is the best of news.

But there is the other side where those who (using a scriptural term “neglect”) do not avail themselves of the benefits of the gospel salvation; will not fair well in the Day of Judgment.

In that day there will good news and bad news. For some it will be enter in to the joys of the LORD. For others it will depart from me for I never knew you, and that is the worst of news.

Today is the Day of Salvation; Seek the LORD now while he may yet be found

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