What the world needs now is...

People love light. That's why we like vacationing in sunny places. That's why kids love gadgets that give their parents the strobe effect (not because they give their parents the strobe effect, I hope). That is why we, well, light up when we see a street decked out in icicle lights and magical light-up reindeer at Christmastime. And the majority of humans are diurnal, if they get the choice. Yes, that's a real word.

But a lot of people live in the dark. We retreat to dark spaces, mentally and physically, if we are ashamed or feel we have something to hide. The robber crouches in the corner if he hears footsteps nearby. The adulteress waits until after dark to go to her lover's house. We even try to hide our figures with black clothing.

There is so much darkness in the world: death, divorce, disease, disaster. We don't have to look far to find it. What the world needs now is light. Desperately. Jesus came to bring light, and we who are in Him are called the light of the world. We have the power through Christ to shine light into dark places and bring hope.

My New Year's resolution is to shine brightly. It's not measurable and doesn't have a deadline attached to it, but it is definitely what God wants me to do. Depending on the day, shining brightly could mean taking time to listen to a friend who is hurting. It could mean making some noise to draw attention to a form of oppression. It could mean sharing the Gospel with a neighbor.

Don't be daunted by the darkness. Remember that even a small candle burns brightly in the darkness of a cavern. Light cannot be overcome by darkness! Let it be said of us what was quoted from Isaiah when Jesus came to earth: "The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, a light has dawned." (Matthew 4:16) Let's hold up the light of hope and life so people can move toward it. Let 2015 be the year of light in Jesus' name!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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