“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jesus is love.
You are light. ✨
God’s love shines like a beacon in this very dark world, and the stewards of His love – people – are the ones displaying it for the goodness of humanity.
How would society survive without the people who feel like sunshine?
I know so many men and women who feel lost or discouraged because they lack the direction or divine purpose they’re searching for. And sometimes I feel like that too. But what if a grand purpose was not God’s will for some of us. We don’t have to be infamous or great or wealthy to deliver the good news or to be a good neighbor. I think our purpose is to shine. To love people and be a light so bright that those around us can feel the warmth of love and safety. Our purpose is to stop searching for a purpose and let our love for others, our encouragement of others, be the purpose that we work tirelessly towards.
I remember after I graduated from college and was looking for the perfect job – and still even now I don’t know what the perfect job is –I felt like I was searching for something to make me feel fulfilled. Like the perfect career with a big salary. But all along it wasn’t a thing or a job. It was to live, encourage, smile, uplift, care, help, share, be free of self-doubt or anxiety, and love – to try to be like Jesus. It’s so simple when framed like that. Imagine the ripple effect when you dedicate your life to being sunshine in a cold world. Your children’s children and their children will live in a legacy of peace. You will stop spinning your wheels and wasting time seeking something that was there all along. Some people have very clear goals that allow them direct focus and growth in a sepcific area. For those whose future, where time and effort are dedicated, is not as obvious, their purpose very may well be to, well… just be. To be a steward – a good shepherd – a disciple.
I know you know someone like this. Who embodies light and exudes love.
But if you don’t; maybe that person could be you.