It’s pretty rare that I watch the news these days. Sure, I do love my daily dose of the Today Show and/or Good Morning America, but that’s about all I see as far as news of any kind goes. Nate always makes fun of me because I am completely out of touch with most things that are going on in the world, but I’m usually OK with that; I have other things to do and the news is usually pretty depressing.
You can imagine my surprise when the other day I found myself watching the news – likely because I just wasn’t paying attention to the channel the TV was on – and suddenly there was a news story that made my heart leap. Basically a mom struggling to make ends meet was shoplifting hundreds of dollars of groceries to feed her hungry children when she was caught and handed over to police. Then the police woman did something unheard of: After completing the appropriate paperwork she ran into the store and purchased, with her own money, the groceries the woman had tried to steal.
Now I know there are a lot of thoughts on what should be done with people who break the law, but I have to say that the story brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. The police officer basically said that arresting the mother wouldn’t have done anything to help solve the real problem, her hungry children, and so she did what was needed to actually change the direction of this family. A local business owner heard the story and called the mother in for an interview and then hired her. The problem of struggling for work and the inability to feed her children was immediately hammer-punched by two people who decided to trust in the good. There is a lot of evil in this world, something we all know too well, but the reality is that there is a tremendous amount of good. I understand we can’t always trust every single person, but I believe that we can start off by trusting the good in ourselves. When we see good we should share it, and when we share it we should pass it on in the way we live out our lives.
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