What it Takes to See in the Dark

In the quite hours of my early morning run, stars sparkle brightly against the ebony sky. They keep me company as I endure my C25K (couch to 5k) training and assure me that, though most people in their right mind are still asleep, I am not alone in the darkness.

They come in many different types and sizes, from small brown Dwarfs to large red and blue Supergiants. Their pasts are varied; some are young while others old and dying. Some are nearer while others farther away. Yet, despite the differences they all shine light in dark places.

Christians have many differences, too. Our past and paths may vary greatly. Some of us are young in the faith while others of us have lived a lifetime with Christ. We are poor, rich, educated, uneducated, healthy and ill. Though diverse, we share a common trait. Having accepted Christ as Savior we have a light living within us. And with that gift comes the ability to shine light into dark places in our world

But sometimes, caught up in the process of everyday life, we lose sight of our capacity.  When we do, those around us have no choice but to wander around in the darkness that surrounds them. It’s not hard to shine our light, it just takes intentionality.

Smile and be friendly:
We have the greatest gift in the entire world, yet many of us go around, as sourpuss Christians, miserable and unhappy. Put a smile on your face wherever you are. People should want to know why, in spite of circumstances, there is joy within us.

Those who look to Him for help wil be radiant with joy. (Psalm 34:5a)

Lend a hand:
While it is true we can’t solve every problem or meet every need, we can help someone somewhere. If there is a need, try to fill it. If there is work to be done, roll up your sleeves and do it. And when someone needs help, lend them a hand.

Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:2)

Demonstrate forgiveness:
It’s human nature to want to hold a grudge, to gaze at the memory of the offense over and over as if it were a precious jewel. But it’s not Jesus’ way. Our own great debt has been wiped away. Do the same for the small ones—in comparison—due you.

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Eph. 4:32)

Don’t hide your faith:
We don’t keep what is most important to us secret from those around us, why do we hide our faith? While we should never use a bullhorn to shout it into people’s faces, neither should it come as a surprise. Be an authentic Christian in all that you do.

I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.(Psalm 40:10a)

The world around us lives in shadow. It is only we, filled with God’s light, that have the ability to shine light into that darkness and assure them that they are not alone. On who and where will you shine light today?  

Message for the Journey:
Just as stars once pointed the way to the babe lying in a manger, let your life shine light into the darkness of men’s hearts and steer them to Jesus. 

“You are the light of the world…let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
(Matt. 5:14a,16)


  1. Great post Ann loved how you said we all are different in our walk with Jesus..

  2. Your Message for the Journey is powerful and ties in nicely to what you have written. Good job!