Stop the world, I want to get off.
That was a saying bantered around in the 1960’s and it was actually the name of a Broadway musical stage production back then too. (You older folks will remember the same songs I do from it: What Kind of Fool Am I? and Gonna Build a Mountain.)
Stop the world, I want to get off. The 60’s decade was a turbulent one but it is in the past. Yet here we are some 50 years later and our world seems just as unstable.
Stop the world! I want to get off!
That’s the thought and maybe even the prayer that screams through my mind when I hear the latest news. Another attack on law enforcement officers in our nation over the weekend. Terrorist attacks taking place with alarming regularity across the globe.
I don’t usually post about what’s going on in the world according to the media. I don’t want to write about divisiveness and all the negativity that is exactly what the world seems all about right now whether it be in politics, social issues, religions, or even economics.
It’s enough to make my head spin and my heart sick just catching the news on TV or in the newspapers and especially on social media like Twitter or Facebook, which I don’t really credit as being a reliable source of information because there is just way too much wacky stuff on there.
So I generally stay away from those topics here on Mama’s Empty Nest. Why? Not because I don’t care about issues affecting our world today. I do care so much about many of the ills we suffer in this world; they break my heart and cause me such great concern for the lives of my grandchildren and their future.
And it’s not because I don’t have an opinion or viewpoint on those topics. I certainly do.
But I choose not to write about such things because I try to keep a positive outlook and encourage not discourage. Stir up inspiration not dissension. Be a calming and soothing influence not a catalyst to spark the flames of rage.
I choose not to write about social causes or politics or whatever the latest
trend cultural hot spot is because doing so seems to bring out the evil twin that lurks in all of us.
Today it seems that we can’t just agree to disagree. Instead people resort to hateful name-calling, excessive and angry arguing, and vehement violence in a heartbeat.
But I cannot be silent when my own heart is telling me to proclaim something right here on my blog that I believe with my entire being.
I don’t know how or when this madness is going to stop and I fear it won’t. It will only escalate unless we do something to change the path of this nation and this world.
And I can’t run away or wish for the world to stop rotating in this vile circle of destruction so I can get off.
What’s happening to us humans on this planet is a serious illness. It’s a heart condition. A blight on the human soul.
But it’s not terminal. At least it doesn’t have to be. I know of only one way to heal these heart and soul conditions. There’s only one way to stop the hate and change human hearts.
Turn our eyes upon Jesus.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
As for me, that’s what I must and will do. I invite you to do the same.
“The mind can’t delete what the heart won’t let go of.” ~ Peggy Toney Horton