2009-01-27 - Candles
Recently our family was suddenly without power, due to a nick in a power line. Half of the house was completely in the dark. I remembered a Snowman candle that I had not packed away with the Christmas decorations. The candle itself was only about 1 ½ inches in diameter, and I didnt expect much from it. But when we struck a match to it, suddenly the whole room was aglow! We were amazed at how much light that one tiny candles provided.
Arent we too often like that? We think, Im just one person. I cant make a difference. Whats the use? But we can make a difference in our room, our world our families, churches, workplaces, schools. As Kathy Troccoli sang some years ago, light your candle. That's one of my all-time favorite songs.
No one person can eradicate world hunger, restore full employment, change people's hearts so they don't commit violence against others or greedily steal what is not theirs. No human being can solve endemic problems. There is only one Messiah, but we are all His deputies.
But one person can give food to an emergency aid organization, help employment applicants write resumes, and help people learn to make sound financial decisions, not spending beyond their means. One person can help an immigrant learn English, in an English as Second Language class, so they can understand what people are saying. One person can befriend a traumatized crime victim, walking through the dark times with them, as they hope and pray for justice, and as they recover from the life-changing event.
Think prayerfully about your milieu, and your gifts. What candles are God calling you to light? Remember, as Christ said, "You are the light of the world." (Matthew 5:14a, NIV)