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I’d Rather Be the Moon

Many people desire fame. They want to shine brightly like a star and they will do almost anything to chase the lure of fame. Just look at “reality TV” and you will see the ridiculous things some people will do for fame. Movie stars, sports figures, politicians, scientists, and novelists all seek fame and the fortune that sometimes accompanies it.

But it takes a lot of energy for a star to shine brightly and eventually every star will use up its available fuel and die out. For human “stars” the length they will shine varies. For some fame lasts a lifetime, but it is a lifetime of stress and misery being hounded by paparazzi and fans. For others it amounts to only the proverbial “15 minutes of fame” before they fade into oblivion.

Last weekend on our drive down the Columbia River Gorge to visit family for a belated Christmas celebration, the full moon shone brightly in front of us in the night sky. Occasionally it would go behind a dark cloud but would always emerge on the other side still shining brightly and beautifully. I realized as I gazed up at it that I’d rather be the moon than a star, even a star as bright as our sun. The moon doesn’t use energy to generate light, but rather reflects the light generated by the sun. This is most evident during a full moon, but even during a new moon when we cannot see it, the moon is reflecting the light of the sun on the opposite side.

Rather than have fame of my own, I’d rather reflect the glory and light of the Son of God. If my name be known, I want it to be known as one devoted to Christ, one who reflects His love and mercy into this dark world. His is a light source that will never die and I will be able to reflect that light for much longer than 15 minutes—I can reflect His light for an eternity.

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

God sent a man, John the Baptist,to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. John 1:4-9 (NLT).

This is my goal for 2013—to reflect the Light of the Son of God into the world, believing that the darkness can never extinguish it.

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Light – A Poem

Pondering how thankful I am that Jesus is the true Light that shines into the darkness and shows me the way to life.

Light

The Light of life
Piercing the darkness
Illuminating truth
Clearing away strife

The Light of the world
Displacing hopelessness
Radiating pure grace
His majesty unfurled

The one true Light
Savior of the lost
Shining in the darkness
To the blind giving sight

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NIV).

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Jesus Is the Light of the World

One of my favorite chapters in all of the Bible is John 1, which is not surprising since John is my favorite book of the Bible as well as my favorite of the apostles.

This week I’ve been listening to my Trevor Morgan CD “The Blessed and the Broken” in my car in preparation for the Third Day concert in May, because Trevor is opening for Third Day. It was actually at Fish Fest last summer that I first heard him when he played just a few songs at the beginning of Third Day’s set.

One of my favorite songs on this CD is Light of the World because it is based on John 1. It starts out just as John’s Gospel does: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This song is a beautiful reminder that Jesus is the Light of the world, and the darkness will never overcome His beautiful Light.

I hope you enjoy and are blessed by this beautiful song as much as I have been. I truly hope Trevor sings this one at the concert in May.

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Outside the Darkness Is Color – A Poem

I wasn’t sure what to write today, so I decided to check out the dVerse Poets Pub writing prompt for today. The Saturday prompt has led me to a few good poems in the past, so I thought I’d give it a try again.

The prompt today is to write a poem that has something to do with color, to Play with Color. One part of Victoria’s post caught my attention: “Color depends on light, because it is made of light. In the absence of light, we do not see color.”

Outside the Darkness Is Color

Living in darkness
no color I see
a hint of deep blue
maybe red
but no, only blackness

Tears flood the darkness
trying to wash away
the blackness
to reveal the color
I know must be near

I’ve heard stories
of vibrant yellow sunshine
smiling green trees
happiness in rainbows
streaming across
a pale blue sky

But in the darkness
these colors
are but myths
draped in blackness
obscured by
the pain I feel

Then suddenly
the Light comes
dim colors
revealed to my eyes
for my heart to see

The Light
drawn by my tears
came to wash away
the blackness
tears alone
could never heal

The colors of
my world brighten
day by day
as the Light illuminates
the truth of colors
that were always
just outside the darkness

“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
   the way to the sea, along the Jordan,
   Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
   have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
   a light has dawned.”
Matthew 4:15-16 (NIV).

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A Peaceful Heart Doesn’t Fear

Spend five minutes reading the newspaper or an online news source and you could easily become fearful about the future of our world and your own future. Unemployment is up, random killings happen left and right, cancer and heart disease remain a deadly spectre for many in spite of billions spent on research, and natural disasters seem to occur more and more often in catastrophic proportions. Yes, fear is the typical human response to the current state of our world.

But there is another response that is better than the typical human response. It is the response that Christians are called to have in the face of potential tragedy and loss. Dr. Henry Blackaby, a Baptist minister and Christian author wrote:

Christians ought not to be smothered in fear. There is a spiritual readiness, where we return to having the peace of God stand guard over our hearts and minds. What an incredible witness it is to a lost and fearful society when the Christian acts like a child of God, living under the loving sovereignty of the Heavenly Father. The Christian needs to walk in peace, so no matter what happens they will be able to bear witness to a watching world.

To walk in peace. What an awesome concept! The Christian should let peace reign in his or her heart even in the face of adversity. Yesterday, I was reading Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, and was encouraged by the joy and peace that Paul and his companions maintained in spite of their dire circumstances. I was reading the New Living Translation and liked the way this passage was worded in that translation:

You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.

But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.” We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:5-18.

One thing I like about this passage is that Paul quotes from my favorite Psalm 116 when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.” This is a Psalm that reminds me of the trials I have been through and survived by the grace of God. It reminds me of the tears and pain that left me feeling lost and hopeless, and of how God healed me. Because I have memories of what He has brought me through so far, I know the peace and light that will see me through the trials that are sure to come. This is a peace that transcends human understanding. It is a peace that only the heart can fathom, and that my heart must share with the hurting world around me.

Paul faced as much difficulty as we do today, maybe even more than the average person really faces, but he did not fear. He held fast to the peace and light of Jesus Christ to withstand the many trials life put in his path. And today he is seeing that which we cannot yet see. Someday I will see, too. But for now, I hold fast to the  peace and light of Jesus Christ.

Are you living in fear because of the evils and trials of this world? You don’t have to let fear paralyze you and keep you from living a full and abundant life. You can know His peace and light. It won’t always keep the trials from coming your way, but He will take you through them to ultimate victory with a peaceful heart.

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