As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” -1 Peter 1:14-16
I’m doing my best to avoid social media sites like Facebook since, honestly, it’s wearing me out. And visiting websites like Fox News and CNN aren’t any better.
There’s the North Korea situation. There’s people complaining about Trump. There’s people defending Trump. There’s people complaining about NFL players kneeling. There’s people defending NFL players kneeling. And, of course, there’s the folks complaining about our Holy Father not being, well, holy enough.
Now, to be sure, I have my personal opinions on all of these topics. But I’ve decided debating my friends or, even worse, strangers on Facebook isn’t going to add much value. I’m not going to change their mind with some witty comment. Instead, I’m probably only going to irritate the person leading them to deepen their resolve.
With this said, my refusal to engage in all the noise doesn’t mean I’m simply going to chill and spin my wheels. Instead, I’ve decided to refocus on the situation I have total and complete control of… my personal holiness, my personal love for God, and my personal love for my Catholic faith.
You see, I can’t control President Trump. I can’t control the North Korea situation. And I can’t control what some NFL player does. But, I can control my thoughts, actions, and deeds. I can control how I love and care for my wife and children. And, most importantly, I can control the state of my soul by rejecting sin and being reconciled if I do make a mistake.
So, if you find yourself stressed out and irritated as result of what your old high school pal just posted on the interwebs I’d encourage you to close Facebook and open the Word of God. Let St. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John speak to you. With all due respect to your high school friend… the Gospel writers have far more value to add. This I’m 100% certain of!
Finally, while he wasn’t writing about anything spiritually related Walt Kelly may have summed it up best many years ago when he famously wrote, “We have found the enemy and he is us.”
Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!