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Light in the Dark

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“The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.”
-Proverbs 13:9

Story Time!!!

I was in the car with my mom after church one Sunday evening. We were heading out to eat for my birthday with a group of people. We stopped at a red light and the car next to us had two small dogs looking out the window. If you know me, you know how much I love dogs. So naturally, I let out a squeal of excitement. An older woman, that was driving the car, saw me and smiled. She rolled down her windows so I could see more clearly. We made small talk about the dogs. Then she noticed my tiara and birthday sash on and asked if it was my birthday. I told her that it was, then she proceeded to tell me, “Happy birthday! You look beautiful! I hope it’s great!”

I know it seems small or practically nothing, but it meant a lot to me. It made me feel so happy and good inside. I loved how that little moment made me feel. I wanted to be that person to other people. Then (with a nudge) I realized I should write about being that kind of person and the effect it has on others.

What does it mean to be a light?

We humans can never be light ourselves, instead, we must reflect the light of our God. In that case, it’s literally a WWJD situation (flipping tables and chairs is not an option). God gave all of us a purpose. We need to use our purposes to reflect that light God gave us. Whether it’s singing on a platform, teaching Sunday school lessons, or even volunteering at the church, you are being used as a light. What our world need right now is a light.

For you were once full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!” -Ephesians 5:8

How can I be a light?

Maybe you’re a tad shy like me and it’s hard to begin conversations or your words get jumbled up as you speak. Regardless, you can still be used. Don’t hesitate to bring your friends to church. Even if they don’t end up coming with you, you opened a door for them and they’ll remember that. It’s important that we stay conscious of what we may be remembered for one day.

Will you be remembered as that person that always kept their head down and mouth shut, the person who called themselves Christian but always ran with the bad group, or the person who went to church but stayed standing their with their minds elsewhere? Or will you be remembered as that person who would invite everyone to church and wouldn’t stop talking about God, the person that inspired others to be a better Christian, or the person that couldn’t stop praising God despite their troubles? What will you be remembered for? Will people look back at you and say “that’s the person who never stopped smiling”? Or say “that’s the person who gave up”?

It’s hard being a light in dark situations. It’s hard being the only Christian in your school or your family. It’s hard when you try to have a positive outlook on things when everyone else is being negative about it all. It will be hard, but so many good things will come out of it.

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6‬

Why should I be a light?

The Amazon rainforest is burning. People are killing people. Money is more important than being morally right. In 2017, there was 47,773 recorded suicides. Anxiety and depression are more common than they should be in teenagers. At least 30 million people in the US suffer from eating disorders. The world is dark and cruel. The world NEEDS a light. The world needs Jesus.

So the real question is, why shouldn’t you be a light? Why shouldn’t you invite your best friend to church? Why shouldn’t you share God’s love? There’s not one good reason why not to. I find “why not to’s” humorous. Are you scared to lose that friend? If you’re scared to lose your friend because you go to church then get a new friend. Are you scared you’ll get rejected? Jesus was rejected by the world.

“He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:10-11‬

There’s no excuse when it comes to spreading God’s word. So ask yourself, will you be a light?

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Author: beautifullyyybrave

Hey guys! Welcome to my blog Beautifully Brave! I'll be posting things about my journey through life and whatever God lays on my heart. I'm excited to see where this takes me!!

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