Five ways to handle current-events fatigue

As a college student and then a young married-with-children, I spent a number of years staying fairly abreast of the news and even becoming somewhat politically active, giving money and volunteering my time for candidates as I was able. Then in 2008 Barack Obama was elected to the presidency, and knowing well what this would mean for my country, I lost some of my youthful enthusiasm (okay, I fell into a deep, dark pit of despondency). When it happened again in 2012, I intentionally quit paying attention to politics and stuck my head in the proverbial sand. I was too discouraged to do anything else.

Now, as national and world events continue to dismay conservative, traditionally-minded Christians such as myself, I find myself wondering if I will ever get my current events groove back. Current Events Fatigue? You bet I have it. Yet, as a 50-year-old mother of three children who, God-willing, has another 35-40 years or more on the planet (I’m thinking optimistically here), I know I can’t just stop caring. I owe it to my children and grandchildren to not stick my head in the sand. But how does one care without being completely swallowed up by it? That is the question. If you have found yourself wondering the same thing, here are a few suggestions.