Keeping up with the News
The Online Christian College Library has a great resource for keeping up with what’s happening in the world and culture. The World Newspapers page has links to newspapers from across the United States and around the world. Keeping up with the headlines is an excellent way to shape your prayers as we pray for the lost and for those who are in distress around the world. Striking a balance between having access to information and being overwhelmed by it is extremely important. It is helpful to remember these verses from Philippians 4:4-8 as you read about what is happening around the world:
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.
You should also set a timer for five or ten minutes so that you don’t lose track of time. Just get enough information to be aware of what is going on and then get back to doing more productive activities.