Our world is continuing to darken. Each day we see more evidence of the consequence of sin, selfish choices, hate, violence and despair. For those who remain faithful to their religious values, there is this feeling that they are in the minority. Our numbers are dwindling, or so it seems. What lies ahead? Is it truly worth the fight? Friends, neighbors, and people who you thought were “rock solid” are succumbing to ways of the world. Darkness is creeping in. Will it overcome the light? Your light?
Tonight as you prepare to go to bed, I’d like you to do something very simple. Take a flashlight with you to your room… turn off all of the lights so that the room is completely dark. As you sit in this darkness, think about where we are as a world today, identify some of the emotions that come to you while you process this thought. Loneliness, fear, desperation, and anxiety might be some that you can identify.
Now it’s time for something amazing… Turn on the flashlight……….. What just happened? The light has just overcome the darkness. The darkness right in front of you has disappeared. It was replaced by the light. Now, just using the darkness, try to overcome the light. Take lots and lots of darkness and try to snuff out the light…. Keep trying….Try as hard as you can. Were you able to do it?
Light will ALWAYS overcome darkness… ALWAYS!! But darkness can never overcome the light. The only way for that to occur is if we turn off the light. You have total control over the switch. There will always be light around you as long as you leave the switch on.
What happens when you introduce another flashlight into the room? The room gets brighter, thus eliminating more of the darkness. And so it goes until the darkness has been totally eliminated by the overpowering of light.
My call to all of you is simple. We must first choose to keep our flashlight on. Don’t listen to the whispers of sin, temptation and darkness. As we choose goodness and righteous living, we can enjoy peace even when we are surrounded by the contention of the world.
Secondly, WE NEED EACH OTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Surround yourself with others that have chosen to keep their lights on as well. Family, friends, church members, etc. We must stay close to one another. We must bring our lights to their houses, and they must have the opportunity to bring theirs to ours. Identify who these people are in your life. Stay close to them. Serve them. Love them and their families, for this is what will recharge your flashlight batteries.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Are numbers are strong, but just shy and bashful. Be proud of your light. If you feel that you do not have others in your life that have this light, join us here. I invite you to share your thoughts on this blog. Let’s help one another as we connect, to show the world that we are still here.
I also invite others who have been overcome with darkness, that you might know that there is still peace on this earth. You will find it in bits and pieces as you associate with those still clinging to their light, and the principles of goodness which they cherish. Come and rest your soul in the meadows of HIS love.