But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
My best friend in high school left Toledo after his freshman year to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan. Over the next few years I’d go up there with his parents and sisters for a visit. His dad was an executive for a GM plant in Toledo. He had access to a huge log cabin in the woods not far from Interlochen. It was well off the two lane state route, and miles of forest were behind it.
Rick and I thought to take a walk one night back into the woods along the dirt road that headed toward the pond. It was a cloudy, starless night. We finally got to a point where we could see absolutely nothing; not even our hands before our faces, let alone the dirt road! If we weren’t careful, it would have been easy enough to wander off it and be dangerously lost.
As we turned back and forth, one of us spotted headlights in the distance for a brief moment. It had to have been a car on that state route. Very carefully we headed in what we hoped was the direction of that brief sighting of light. We eventually made it to where we could see enough to not get lost, and we made it back to the cabin.
Even the weakest penlight would have been like a blazing torch that night! When it’s really dark, it does not take much light to it least make your surroundings navigable.
That’s what this blog is about. I want to shine enough light to at least get my small corner of the world lit enough for people to at least move about their spiritual existence without smashing into things. Even if we see only dimly, “as in a mirror,” we can at least see something!
If no one shines, if everyone covers the light God gave each of us, how great the darkness! But if we shine, however feeble our light, even that small light chases away a lot of darkness.
If you’ve read much of me here, you know I prefer to swing for the fence, accomplish the heroic. Not that I usually succeed that grandly, but that’s where my mind goes. Adding my light to others’ here in the blogging community, however, I can contribute toward the whole. Again, if you think how little light it really takes to dispel a good deal of darkness, you can see how important it is to shine with however much or little you have right now.
The more you shine, the brighter you grow, too! Practicing shining, having others see your light and joining theirs to yours, catching others’ lights and learning from them…it’s all part of being part of the community, the fellowship.
Continue to shine with each other. We build each other up that way. But let’s not be satisfied with preaching to the choir. Shine that light outside of this circle. Keep your eyes open for the opportunities to do good works that God has already prepared for you.