We live in a dark world. And the truth, I’m afraid, is that it’s getting darker and meaner every single day.
I don’t mean to be pessimistic; I actually pride myself on being realistic. Perhaps sometimes to a fault. If I were to sway in either direction, my hope is that I’m an optimistic realist. Nevertheless, the reality is that the world in which we live is dark.
Last night a horrible incident happened in my own neighborhood. Bold, violent and life-altering for one young girl, it left a ripple of fear in the streets. It will change the way we live, if only for a while. But, unfortunately hers is not the only story. Nor will it be the last. Violence, hatred and darkness is running rampant in the streets. For some of us, it is hidden in our very own homes.
It’s not hard to grow weary. I know the face of my opposition and I am no stranger to the attacks aimed directly at my weakness. I know very well the feeling of defeat and the lure to stop fighting. It would be so much easier to stop. Over and over again, fear rises up. Fear of safety, security, comfort, and peace. Fear of vulnerability, imperfection, failure and grief. It’s not difficult to become discouraged and lose hope.
Fear lures us to stop. To give in, give up, or quit. And it’s all the more reason why we cannot. All the more reason we each need to boldly rise up & shine our light. Each of us have been given a gift for such a time as this.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. -2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We don’t need to be fearless or brave; we just need to stand up do it anyway. To stand in the face of our fear knowing He will provide for our every need. That His grace is sufficient FOR THIS DAY.
A long time ago I made a promise that no matter how many times I might fall, I would keep getting up. Believe me, I know it’s not easy. We have not been promised one single day beyond this moment. This breath. With hearts made for eternity sometimes it hurts so bad to live in this world. Which begs the question: What are we here for, if not to be different from this world? To boldly stand in the midst of this darkness and shine our light.
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on it’s 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. -Matthew 5:14-16
I pray for every one of us who is afraid. For whatever darkness that threatens to cover or dim our light, that we might find a FAITH far bigger than our fear, and stand.