“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5
You know how when you turn off every light so it is pitch black and then there is the faintest glow? This happens when your kids are lovingly given something that glows in the dark. You usually go in the half bathroom since that will be the only truly dark room. You cram in there with no light. After a minute, you see the shape (unless this brand new toy sat in a storage warehouse for months and has lost its glow. Then there are only tears and sadness.) The light in this situation is usually so faint, you wouldn’t notice it unless it was the only light that was available.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but we are that glow in the dark slinky. The world is so dark that most people overlook any glimmer of light. They overemphasize the evil while ignoring the good. We need to start glowing brighter to make people remember there is still goodness and kindness. We should be standing out more and not letting the awful events get to us. We know better.
The part of the verse we must never forget is the second part. Darkness has not, nor will it ever, overcome the light. So many days, I hear bad news stories after bad news stories. That gets so frustrating that I turn off Facebook. (What? You DON’T get your news from Facebook?) Then there are stories of people doing good, and their motives are questioned. Or someone chimes in with how they could have done even better. We shouldn’t let that discourage us from doing good. In fact, that should spur us on even more. If people are that unused to seeing good, they need to see more!
So keep smiling at strangers. Pay for the car behind you in the drive-thru. Offer to babysit for a friend who needs a break. Donate canned goods to a homeless shelter. Give your time to a good cause happily. Invite a friend to church. Pay attention to the needs of those around you. Be the light this world needs so desperately.
As those who know how the story will end, it is up to you and me to keep the light going. Let’s be the reason someone smiles today. Let’s be the glow and keep others from being swallowed by darkness.
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