Lately I have been very bothered by something. It is the incredible amount of negative, violent and just all around bad information that goes into our brains on a daily basis. Just yesterday, I saw more pictures of the young woman who faked an assault on her by throwing acid into her own face. This incident happened a while ago but yes… that’s right…she doused her own face with acid and then blamed it on an alleged random assault from some stranger. The entire story was fabricated. I have seen all sorts of hoaxes but rarely do we see someone willing to inflict serious life scarring damage to themselves all for what? For some attention, for fifteen seconds of fame?  Probably not…this baffling incident sadly points to a very mentally disturbed person who is literally crying out for help.


Then yesterday the appalling meter went over the top. A story broke about a couple who had a twenty-one year old daughter who was killed in a horrible car accident this past July. She was a young mother of two and she died a violent death. Her parents have had to endure the loss of their daughter and all the grief that accompanies that yet yesterday they were subjected to an even more cruel fate. They received graphic pictures of their dying daughter’s body on their cell phones. It seems that one of the first responders to that scene back in July snapped a few shots of this poor young woman who had just died a tragic death . These photos were then sent to others and soon went viral on the internet. These pictures were bloody, gruesome, and very graphic. The mother was on the news yesterday weeping as she talked of how these recent cell photos are the first images that now come to her mind when she thinks of her daughter. I sat there watching this senseless and horrific report and simply asked myself ….why?


I am beginning to approach the point of deliberately turning off the news when these type of stories break. In other words, I am considering consciously making the decision to remain ignorant to some of what is taking place in the world. Perhaps this is denial on my part, perhaps it is backward or narrow of me, I am not sure. What I do know however is that I begin to dwell on these stories more than I should. Just when I think I can no longer be shocked any more than I have already, another outrageous and truly bizarre story will break that is so revolting that I have trouble believing it. When these types of news events begin occurring on a frequent basis as what seems to be the case lately, it can begin to affect our thinking. I just find myself mulling over the details of these grim incidents and when I do, it can begin to consume my thinking. Perhaps this is why the Bible tells us that “whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” – (Philippians 4:8)


 As always, God’s Word has wisdom and instruction that I am going to endeavor to follow. I do not desire for my thoughts to be bogged down with the extreme evil that runs rampant in our world. Some readers may think me to be an ostrich...wanting to stick my head in the sand and not facing the realities of the world in which we live. Perhaps that is right, I do not know. All I am certain of is that I do not want to be dwelling on such things. No…instead I desire to be kind to my mind. God help me to do so.