Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Be the Light

by Lisa Forrey

We stand alone.
In a world of people, we stand alone, each of us with our different experiences, experiences that shape us uniquely. We are molded and twisted by forces that are sometimes beyond our control. It's as if we are wax, waiting to take on whatever form life shapes in us.

Among my friends, and to an extent, for me, this has been a season of harshness, a time of relative darkness even though most of our calendars still read "autumn." We each deal with the darkness in individual ways, some by sharing, some by joking, others by lashing out at the gym, still others by retreating into a period of quiet contemplation. I appreciate these differences; they mark us as uniquely as the darkness that threatens to harden us to the world.

Before the wax hardens and solidifies, I've noticed that something else happens. Jesus taught us this. In Matthew 5:14-16, He said, “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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (NIV) Create an internal fire by whatever means, stand up and shine. Ask for God's help that it might be possible for you to stand alone in the darkness allowing your candle's light shining for others still in the inky abyss.

My friends are amazing in their ability to do this. My friends have helped shine that light for me and I hope that sometimes, I can be that light for them.

For while we stand alone, we have the capability, with heavenly help, to shine through the night, to be light.

Lisa is a single mom to two amazing daughters who try to make her a better person. She's been involved in various small groups throughout the years and is currently a huge fan of The Fierce and The Humble group. In her free time she enjoys trying to find balance in the chaos.

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