I’ll tell them how I survive it. I’ll tell them that on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in anything because I’m afraid it could be taken away. That’s when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I’ve seen someone do. It’s like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years.

But there are much worse games to play. ~ Mockingjay

Sadly, only on my fourth reading of the series did this last bit catch my attention. Katniss goes from not trusting just about anyone, from living on the edge of her seat counting how many people she owed a life debt, from fighting just to live, to counting all the goodness she’s seen someone do. And there are so many good deeds that the game can become tedious.

There is a lot of bad in this world. If you don’t believe me, turn on any news program. But, there is also a lot of good—and we don’t have to try hard to look for it because Jesus says that God is good, and God is everywhere.

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” ~ Luke 18:19 (NIV)

Perhaps we all need to get in on Katniss’s new game. Perhaps, when things seem really bad, we need to tediously think of all the good we’ve ever seen someone do—we’ve ever seen God do.

Don’t give up your hope when things are bad, simply change the game you’re playing in your head.

“Tell me one last thing,” said Harry. “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?”

Dumbledore beamed at him, and his voice sounded loud and strong in Harry’s ears even though the bright mist was descending again, obscuring his figure.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” ~ Deathly Hallows