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The World is Still Worth Saving

We all know and love Anne Shirley. The red-headed orphan with the optimistic worldview and golden heart of love. Sometimes, we even incline to laugh a little at Anne and her rose-coloured ideals. “So innocent,” we say. “So simplistic. So childlike.”

Yet do you remember what Anne’s life really was, while she created this perspective for herself?

A noisy, probably not over-clean house with a drunkard, an overworked woman, and a dozen rambunctious children.

A lonely little home by a monotonous saw-mill, with three pairs of croupy twins to be looked after.

An overcrowded orphanage, caged in and bleak, with a careless matron and loud children.

Hardly the kind of surroundings to foster the immense love of the world that Anne is known for, is it?

Burdened by poverty, vice, neglect, overwork, and loneliness, Anne chose to look beyond the immediate surroundings and see the beauty and wonder that the world could offer her. She chose to see the best in those around her. She chose to dream of a future where she was beloved and lapped in beauty.

Consider Anne’s early years at Green Gables. The alienation of her bosom friend—the public shame placed on her by a neglectful teacher—the unexpected death of the one dearest to her—the threatened blindness of her mother figure… Consider her later years: schoolteaching and bringing up twins at sixteen—going through college with the very real worry of financial difficulties—dealing with the hatred and misconduct of a whole town—losing her firstborn child—losing her second-born son to the Great War… do you think that this, too, is a life of ease and innocence?

Anne’s worldview was not one of innocence and rose-coloured glasses. Her worldview was of wisdom and love and courage.

Our world now has lost a great deal of that faith in each other and in the future. Look around you, on social media, in conversations at church, in broken homes, in lost friendships—we no longer believe the best of each other. We warn each other to be “realistic” in our outlooks.

We drag up nations and tear them to bits, reciting their misdeeds. We wipe heroic figures in the mud, casting up all their wrongdoings. We shake our heads over how wicked this world is and talk of drawing into communes with like-minded people. We gloomily predict catastrophes in five, ten, fifteen years. We scroll “good news” accounts and comment, “This gives me hope for humanity,” on a video of a man feeding a stray dog.

As if there were nothing else to live for. As if everyone else is worthless.

We have conditioned ourselves to see only wickedness and sorrow in this world. We close our eyes to hope, close our hearts to believing in each other, close our minds to seeing worth in anything. We act as if there is nothing left in this world. “Jesus, come quickly,” we say, angrily sharing of how wicked those around us have become.

I don’t think we were meant to have this worldview, this mindset.

I think the Creator instilled our minds and hearts with a desire to love beauty, admire virtues, appreciate humanity.

I rebel against the idea that one cannot have an idealistic perspective on something they love. There is a difference between prejudice and between choosing to see only the good in something. One can still admit the mistakes and misdeeds someone has made, while admiring the good things and good intentions they had.

I am afraid of the sinister perspective that the world is not worth saving. That people are not worth saving.

This world of ours is not perfect. It never has. It never will be. It is not our final destination. It is only a temporary dwelling-place.

Yet while we are here, what is our mission? To bring the Good News to souls around us. To live out the love of God. To worship the Saviour.

It is impossible to do these things properly while living in a cloud of gloom and condemnation.

It’s impossible to care for and love people when dwelling only on judgement.

This world is broken and ugly. It’s full of sin and shame and horror. Cheating, gossip, murder, abuse, envy—you name it, the sins are all there, festering in the darkness or boldly paraded.

Yet the world is also beautiful. A masterpiece of beauty, created by the All-Mighty. Festooned in life. Sunsets, raindrops, violets, apples, canyons, snowfalls, grains of sand, stalks of grass, mushrooms, insets, animals—LIFE is there, beautiful and wonderful.

People are broken and wicked, fallen short of the glory of God. Yet they are also made in His image, displaying His character. Loving-kindness is constantly being displayed throughout this planet, whether it’s in selfless heroes rescuing drowning men, or saving orphaned cats, or leaving extra big tips, or donating hair, or reading a child a book, or doing an old woman’s nails.

It’s okay to have an idealistic perspective. It’s okay to have a rose-coloured outlook. Cling to your ideals. Continue to assume the best of people. Keep forgiving their trespasses.

Remember what your job is here—loving God and loving others. Fill your mind with good, beautiful, hopeful thoughts. Leave the negativity to the darkness. Don’t live with your head in the gutter. Live with your eyes upon the stars.

Don’t trick yourself into believing there is no beauty, no wonder, no hope left.

The world is still worth saving.

Published by Katja L.

Hello! :) I'm Katja. I'm a Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. I love too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.

12 thoughts on “The World is Still Worth Saving

  1. I mean, Jesus came into the world during an absolutely dark time and He still viewed it as worth saving. ❤ Loved this post! (And your reference to Walter…MY HEART.)

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  2. My home-state is…definitely less than ideal lol. On a serious note, I know a lot of conservatives look down on it for all its problems (and yes, it does have many, sadly). But I still see beauty in it too, like the rainfall, the ocean, the mountains, etc. Thanks for your encouragement to see beauty in the brokenness 🙂

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