I received a beautiful book from a friend for Christmas: The 52 Lists Project. I like lists, and I enjoy writing, so it was a great fit of a gift for me. It has challenged me at times, not just in creativity but to consider the most authentic response.
For example, my recent assignment was to “list the things you should ignore.” Several things skittered through my mind, yet the word “ignore” stood out to me.
I didn’t make a list. (I haven’t always been the best at staying within the lines of writing assignments, but at least that approach has kept my creativity alive.)
Instead, I wrote the following:
I don’t know what I would put on this list, because to ignore something almost seems to be the same as being unaware of it. There are certainly things I want to avoid, not invest in, be influenced or distracted by, but I want to be aware enough to recognize those things, identify them, and intentionally choose to walk away.
Does that make sense to anyone else?
So, I don’t want to let evil get a grip on me. But to ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist? I don’t think that’s a good idea. We have to know just enough of what is wrong to be able to identify it. Of course, that primarily comes from knowing goodness and truth.
I don’t want to ignore the worst in life and in others. I simply want to know it just well enough to keep my distance and to encourage others to do the same—and to make a difference where I am so God’s goodness and truth is a glaring reflection that radiates into the darkness.