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24 March 2009

Picture this:

You are a light bulb. Not one of those light bulbs that eventually goes out, though. A new-fangled one that only goes out when it wants to. You can flicker on demand. Whenever you want, in fact. If you go out, you can decide to lighten up again. There you are, in your fixture shining in a dark place- be it inside or outside. You may notice bugs like to hoover around you. Bugs are attracted to light. Funny how that works, isn’t it. You’d think that other lights would be attracted to you, right? Haha, no. Lights don’t need light. They already have it. Bugs don’t have it (unless they are fireflies- but they don’t count). So, you can choose to do what my family does on camping trips when too many bugs congregate around our lights and turn yourself off. Or you can stay lit up for those bugs. Be a light to them in dark places. Or! You could be like a motion detector light! Shine light specifically for the people around you. That would be pretty sweet. Except for the turning off part when no one is there… that would be fake.

Anyway- the point is, as Christians we are called to be a light to people in the darkness. As Jesus says in the sermon on the mount:

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

So. What are you going to do? Are you going to let your light shine? (Even when times are tough or people who need to see that light are flocking around you? When you think you can’t handle it anymore? When you need someone to light up your own dark places?) Or are you going to cower in the darkness, afraid to be noticed? The choice is yours.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. misSy permalink
    25 March 2009 21:53

    I like this blog. It’s a really good one, Danike.

    You know, light is also a good analogy to use when explaining how Christians ought to love each other. When we turn a light on in a room, the light doesn’t “choose” which parts of the room to fill. Rather, the light fills the entire room instantly; as soon as it is turned on. So it should be with love. We should let it spread everywhere and fill everything. No matter what. Anyway, just something random. :)

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