Let’s be The People Who Turn Up The Light

winnersLast night Becky read a quote from Facebook. “If you’re trying to defeat the human spirit, marathoners are the wrong group to target.”

It’s easy to become discouraged and cynical in the wake of the senseless violence of the Boston attacks.

It’s also true that light overwhelmed darkness in the moments following the explosions.

Runners continued toward hospitals to donate blood. People ran toward unknown danger to assist injured strangers. Thousands of people stepped forward to help and bring sense to chaos.

That’s always true, long-term. Darkness wins some temporary battles for sure, but in the end light always finds a way.

That’s what Jesus said as He began The Sermon On The Mount.

“You are the light of the world. A town built 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. (Matthew 5:14-15)

A lot of folks have much to gain by turning down the light. Some of those, sadly, are preachers who use fear to control and manipulate. Those who gain money and power from division, mistrust, and anger seek to highlight the enemy’s work and accentuate the darkness.

Let’s not be part of that. Let’s be the people who turn up the light and highlight the goodness of God that surrounds us. When we do that we help those who don’t know God see Him in themselves.

Let’s be prudent, but let’s NEVER live in fear.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18a)

Wouldn’t it be cool to modify that Facebook quote?

“If you’re trying to defeat the human spirit, those who know Jesus are the wrong group to target.”

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