Wars – fatal accidents – terrorist attacks – murders – street gangs – ram raids – armed robberies – natural disasters – financial crisis – political disasters – GLOOM and DOOM! Our news reports are mostly bad news.
Many people of the older generation have happy memories of the family dinner table, which was the very centre of family life, and where people would share jokes, talk about their day, share problems, give and get advice etc.
The advent of TV killed this in many homes and the hectic life style killed it in many more, with people rushing off to various pursuits.
These days, too much talk is negative. There are always complaints. If the news is on during the meal, there is more negativity.
When my granddaughter was quite young, her parents introduced what has become a tradition in their family.
After the evening meal, my granddaughter is asked “What is the BEST thing that happened to you today?” After relating the best thing, she then asks everyone present the same question. Dinner time at my son’s table is a happy time of sharing and the happiest part is that “What is the BEST thing that happened to you today?” I think this is a marvellous tradition.
There is always something we can be thankful for, and thinking of that, lessens the impact of lesser things.
For Christians of course, we have all the promises of God and the REALITY of our communion with Him. We know that HE is in control and we can rest secure and confident in Him.
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you shall go.
I will guide you with Mine eye.
HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO THE QUESTION:
“WHAT IS THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU TODAY?”