I woke up feeling discouraged this week. Disappointed with all of the fighting, grieved by all the division.
And then I got a text from a young guy (a friend’s son) who said, “I heard that you’re moving. I have a truck, and I’d like to help.”
I happened to remember this same guy going to Bible college about three years ago. On a school break, he posted a note on facebook asking if anyone at all needed help for free. To me this spoke volumes. More than a million well rehearsed scriptures ever could. Simple love. Not asking for anything, just ready to give.
The Bible says, “Let your light shine before men, that. they may see your good works, and. glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
It’s our love that shines bright in this world, and right now it feels awfully dark. With that said, Christians, we need to look up. In fact, the purpose of our light is to point the way up. We need to turn our eyes off of others to decide what it is that we believe and why we believe it.
Remember a week before Jesus death he was greeted by a multitude at the Triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Just days later, he was alone. One disciple betrayed him, another denied him to a little servant girl who asked if he knew Jesus.
The world was dark that day, far moreso than it is now, but Jesus loved them enough to say, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
We too must walk in that grace. Keep our eyes on the Father and keep shining our light in the best way we know how.
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Tilling the Soil
Read John 17:13-26, where Jesus prays for unity among believers.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (John 17:21, KJV)
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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