The Walking Dead Dale and Rick

In this scene in The Walking Dead comics, Dale’s listing how great everything is — though he was bitten and amputated without painkillers — when he sees Andrea (whom he’s in a relationship with) and Tyreese looking a little too friendly. He loses his perspective when one of his biggest insecurities is messed with — Andrea being too young and beautiful to really want him.

Seeing the good in every situation, learning to be content, is way easier said than done. Even for the apostle, Paul, it was a journey — a learning process:

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:11-13 ESV

I think the point is to choose to start on this journey. To strive to see the good in every circumstance we find ourselves in. To choose contentment, when we’d rather be angry or jealous or upset. From a stubbed toe to a broken heart, to the awful things happening in our world today. We must strive to see the good, not to sweep the bad under the rug but so that we don’t let the bad make us so upset or angry that there is no good left in us.

The only way to make our world more loving is to make ourselves more loving. The only way to promote more good in the world is to promote more good in us. Add light by being light.