"It is far better to light the candle than curse the darkness." William Lonsdale Watkinson
I was reminded of this quote the other day. It stuck in my heart a bit. I heard a message from a pastor. He was talking about social media. Specifically he was talking about complaining. Sometimes in our human spirit it can seem justified. There have been a good amount of people having their world turned socially upside down with Covid. Social media has become a breeding ground of controversy as many people struggle mentally with these changes. Our Pastors call was to be the light. Phil 2:14 Tells us that we are to do everything without grumbling or arguing. That is a massive attitude adjuster. Philippians 4:4-7 says be rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS, again I say rejoice. He encourages us that by prayer the peace of God will guard our hearts through Jesus. So don't complain, stay in prayer and be joyful. Be a light. The world does not need more darkness. I heard a story years ago from my friend Barbara. She spoke of being a young mother struggling to manage her three boys. It was stressful and definitely put a strain on her marriage. As her house was a bit chaotic, right down to meal times dominated by a son who refused to eat anything but hamburgers, her neighbors were like something out of father knows best. She would watch the mother come out of her house with her children like ducks in a row. They were quite, respectful... what was her secret? She approached the neighbor one afternoon and asked, "what do you do that your children behave so well?" The woman replied that they raised their children with the Bible as their standard and offered to show her how. That was the beginning of a new life for our friends. They studied the Bible, became disciples and passed on that light to so many others, including Rob and I. Never know where that light will come through. :) As a Disciple of Christ, I hope to shine the light I have been entrusted with. It is not an active choice to shine, but it is an active choice to follow and submit to His will. When we do, we shine.