"The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine."
That is an awesome verse. It is through the church and our serving that this dark world will see the light the verse talked about.
Light changes things. It opens our eyes to see the reality of what's going on and to see where you need to go next. Light gives hope. Darkness covers or dismisses hope and brings depression and anxiety. Light comes from God and shines where people are seeking Him.
Seek God first in your life. Then light shines where you can lead others in fresh and awesome ways. We are called to impact our community and our region of the world. The changes ahead of us and the choices we need to make are going to help us help so many others.
But it begins at home. God isn't calling us to reject or forget our families so we can help others. He says we are to build our homes on a strong foundation so that light shines there first.
One of my mentors, Herb Hodges, said this: light that shines the farthest must shine brightest at its beginning place. That is just real. If you want to see a long ways, you better have a strong flashlight. If we want to shine the light of God strong and a long way, it better shine bright in us and in our families.
May God refresh and refine us so His light shines farther and farther.