Our small sandwich corner of the world is but a blip on the world stage. There are deeper reasons to be self-controlled.
And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth [there will be] distress (trouble and anguish) of nations in bewilderment and perplexity [without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn] at the roaring (the echo) of the tossing of the sea,
Even so, when you see these things taking place, understand and know that the kingdom of God is at hand. But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose. (Luke 21:25, 31, 34, AMP)
There is a bigger picture and we want to be on the right side of it.
Prayer- Lord, help us to be useful in the long range plan of life. Amen.