The news cycle can be intense sometimes. It can feel like the world is falling apart and turning inside out. And, as Glenn knows all too well, our personal lives can also feel like that. But in this clip, Glenn shares the one thing that has helped him look at suffering in a different, more joyful, light: With faith, realize that "things aren't being done TO you...Whatever's happening in your life is happening FOR you." And sometimes, all we can do in response is to serve others.
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GLENN: In a world that teaches us, that you are not good enough. I mean, this is the point of advertising.
You are not complete, unless you wear this brand. Buy this brand. Go to this place.
Vacation. Look -- your living room looks like this. Even your smile is a certain way. On Facebook.
Everything is telling you, you're not enough.
And then, on top of it, it feels, at times, like the world is just turning inside out.
And doing all kinds of things to you.
You're like, really? Seriously?
Do I need this too? You're like, really, God? Do I need this too? Thank you. Thank you.
Some people just accept it. Oh, that's God's will. God will not give you something you can't handle.
But it -- it's true, I think. You know, I'm not God obviously. And I don't -- I don't know his will.
I barely -- I certainly don't know it for you. Because I barely know it for me, quite honestly.
Other than, we're supposed to be happy and productive.
We're supposed to do good things. It's amazing to me, how many things our body does, that reinforce good things.
You exercise, you feel better.
It creates endorphins. That all of a sudden, your mood goes up.
You go serve people. It does the same thing.
It rewards you for doing the good things.
It's an amazing system.
I don't know how anybody can say, that there is no God.
But we're not here to have passive acceptance.
Yeah. Well, I'm never going to make it. Well, that's God's will.
I mean, we have to accept the things that we can't change. But we also have to look at the things that we can change.
This is one of the reasons I have a hard time, sometimes, with this job. Because I'm telling you a lot of the things that you can't change. I mean, you might be able to change them with the election. But that's not where you're going to find your answers. You're not going to find them in the next politician.
And so, I feel defeated sometimes, because I feel like, I'm not giving you any answers that are worth anything at all.
But then again, we all affect each other's lives. We all -- we're all here for a reason.
And it's spiritually healthy, to remember that we don't have the final say.
Or we don't control the final outcomes.
Sometimes our best efforts fail. Sometimes our best intentions are for nothing. Sometimes our best prayers are answered in the negative.
But it's also important to spin things around, and maybe think, that things aren't doing being done to you. But perhaps if we just look at life in saying, this is happening for me. It will require sacrifice. And suffering. And faith. And everything else.
But maybe, if we choose to see it in a different light, we'll be better.
If we're hungry, maybe we feed the poor. We care for the orphan. We protect the widow. We love the stranger.
If we're in such a bad, dark place, wouldn't it make it easier for us to see others in that place? And relate to them, unlike anyone else can relate?
Over the holiday, I thought of faith being an active thing, to do the job that we feel God has given us.
And if it's good and it lifts people, if it builds and not destroys, it makes things better, it's probably God's will. Especially if you don't want to do it, it's definitely.
But it doesn't have to be active outside. It needs to be active in us.
We survive. We make it.
And it makes future generations smarter. And stronger.
Should we choose.
My addiction, my abuse to alcohol and everything else, all the bad things, it turns out, I can break the pattern of general racial addiction. Of abuse.
I can break that pattern.
But more importantly, perhaps, in some ways, that happened for me.
At least that's the way I interpreted it.
So I can relate. I can help.
Whatever is happening in your life is happening for you.
At least in part. In a world where babies get sick and die.
A drunk driver will lead you in a lifelong coma. Hamas can do what it did on October 7th. God is not to blame for anything and everything.
There is human evil.
God built a world, in where we all have free choice for good or for evil.
And all of our actions have consequences. And we focus on the evil.
But he made us able to choose what to make of all of this.
Maybe all of the things that are happening. I mean, I don't know if anybody else has felt this way. But it's all broken.
The principles aren't broken.
What we've done to the principles. We just started building houses on the beach. We're like, yeah. Yeah. I understand.
Yeah. No. I understand. You know, the concept of a strong foundation, but I'm going to build it here on the beach.
That was our choice.
And now we're just reaping the consequences of those choice.
But perhaps, as we all share this pain, and this path, we can be somebody else's opportunity.
If we choose our tragedy, our lives can happen for us. And others, as well. And no longer just to us.