“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12
Lately I try to avoid the news because it is filled with gruesome headlines of people committing dispicable acts, often in the name of whatever god they claim as theirs. I’ll skim the headlines so I’m knowledgeable about the state of the world, but I don’t bathe in it. It is because of today’s headlines that I am compelled to write this post.
In a world crazed with hate and ideologies that span the spectrum of religious zealotry to atheism, I am persuaded by Christ.
In my faith I have found hope for today and tomorrow. I’m persuaded by Christ not because of fear of damnation or blind acquiescence; I’m persuaded by Christ because as I have applied my faith to His teachings, I benefit in this life.
At times of turmoil within and without, I have experienced the “peace that surpasses all understanding.” When my heart is wretched, I find comfort in prayer and by the confidence that I am not alone. In putting my faith to the test, I have proven that “I can,” indeed, “do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
My faith has taught me that love is found in kindness, patience and in many second chances. It has given me the ability to forgive those who have wounded me. And it is the reason that I am able to see others less critically – as I see myself – a soul navigating through this wild, human experience with a broken leg.
I am convinced that Christ lived among us and I believe that He will live forever in our hearts if we welcome Him. I can’t prove it to you. I wouldn’t even know how to try. I don’t need to; I have proven it to me.
For me, it comes down to this – when Christ was asked which was the greatest of God’s Commandments, He replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” ( found in Matthew 22:36-40) I believe that this is how we can change the world – starting with our own.
Blessings friend. And may all your days be filled with the light of life.