This week's reflection offers hope in our dark days
Reflection of the Week - 17 July 2019
Posted in Faith
Robert Lewis Stevenson, best known for his adventure story "Treasure Island", was in poor health during much of his childhood and youth. One night his nurse found him with his nose pressed against the frosty pane of his bedroom window.
"Child, come away from there. You'll catch a death of cold," she fussed.
But young Robert wouldn't budge. He sat, mesmerized, as he watched an old lamplighter slowly working his way through the black night, lighting each street lamp along his route. Pointing, Robert exclaimed, "See; look there; there's a man poking holes in the darkness."
"Poking holes in the darkness" - what a marvellous picture of our task as the light of the world. It is our job to poke holes in the spiritual darkness of our world.
As it says in Matthew, "In the same way let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
You may be the only example of a Christian some people will ever see or hear.
It's in the workplace, when the pressure is on, that people want to see whether this Jesus you keep talking about is real or not.
They say you never know what an orange taste like until it's been squeezed, nor will you smell the fragrance of a rosebud unless the petals are crushed.
So it is with a Christian. This is when people see who you really are.
Are you an example for others?
Help me to live out my faith,
Help my words be filled with you,
Help my actions be a blessing to others,
Help me poke holes in the darkness.
Let our very lives, the very people we are, everything that we do, shine for God, and let them know what he's done.
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