So. What’s good?

A couple of my friends are helping small towns see the possibilities they have inside their city limits to thrive.

The other day I received an enewsletter from Deb which asked, “Are you talking about the good things?”

She wrote, “What’s good about your community? Gather your crowd, go have coffee together. Sit down and make a list of all the good things in your town. Add everything. Invite other people in the coffee shop to join you and add their suggestions.”

I started laughing.

I’d been at an event the night before that talked about hope in the messiness of life, and then told stories of teens who are finding hope. I’d been at an event that same day where a bunch of people who work with churches talked about how to be more helpful in our work with those churches.

Paul starts his letter to one church by talking about what was right: “I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

God worked through the process of creation, and at the end of every day sat down with Father, Son and Spirit. They said to each other, “That is good.”

IMG_2107.JPGSo spend a little time with someone this weekend and make a list of all the good things in your faith community. Not some big building or gathering with a sign out front. I mean the small circle of people that you consider your church, the people that you are with when you understand more of God and life and how the two are intertwined.

Make a list of what’s good and stick it on your refrigerator with a note: “Thanks God, for us.”


Thanks to Deb Brown for the reminder to look for good.



About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

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