Back when I was in the business world (yep, can you believe it? Over a decade of experience in the financial industry right here), we had TVs set to the news in our lobbies and we listened to the talking heads all day. That was when I realized how discouraging the news can be, and I started not to pay attention to it.
When I stopped working outside the home to care for my boys full time (and home school now, eek!), I stopped listening to the news altogether. There is a whole, long, drawn-out story about how much I did NOT care about the presidential election in 2012 (something about having a child in the hospital for months that sort of makes the rest of the world fade into the background), and after that I paid no attention. I mean, I live in this world, but do I really need to know what’s going on in other countries? Or even in the rest of *this* country? It’s depressing! It’s discouraging! Why do I want to hear about the evil of humanity, on repeat ad nauseum?
A little over a year ago, my sister Alli told me, “You need to be informed on current events.” To be fair, she wanted to have a conversation about what was happening in our world and I had no clue. After some pondering, I decided that she was correct, and I started listening to a news podcast called The World and Everything In It every week day. I’ve been a subscriber to WORLD magazine for years, but if I am truthful I would say that I read about half of the magazine about half of the time, so it wasn’t doing me a lot of good. Besides, news in magazine form like that is bound to be dated. I needed current events, currently!
Since I started listening to the WORLD podcast, I am now equipped with more knowledge of what is going on in the world, and can be a much better conversationalist (just ask my sister). Not only do I know what is going on, but I also know more about our government and the leaders therein. I’ll give you one practical example: Can you name the Supreme Court Justices? Before I started listening to the podcast, I couldn’t have named one. Because of the podcast, I *knew* why it was a big deal to conservatives when Antonin Scalia passed away earlier this year. (Thank you, WORLD!)
Because I am better informed and the current events of the world are brought to my mind on a daily basis, I have prayed more in the last year for our nation, its leaders, and other people throughout the world (the persecuted church, those who are displaced, those who need a Savior, etc.) than I ever have before in my life.
I am thankful for what the people at WORLD are doing, and I want to share that you can get a FREE three-month trial subscription at WWW.GETWORLDNOW.COM. I listen to The World and Everything In It podcast through my podcast app, but WORLD has its own app you can use as well. If you’re like I was and you’re sticking your head in the sand, here’s an opportunity to become a better conversationalist, citizen, and prayer warrior.