Olivia was startled to tears by an ambulance siren in the street. When the babysitter had put Olivia to bed in the evening, she had forgotten to switch on the night light.

However, when her mother turned on the small yellow light, the child quickly went back to sleep. The darkness was gone, and with it, her fear.

It is a scientific truth that light always goes into darkness, not the other way around. Darkness cannot overcome a candle, it must wait for the flame to flicker out. But light takes effect instantaneously, as soon as a match is struck, or a switch flipped on.

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Going into the darkness of our world can be scary, intimidating, but that is where Jesus wants us to be. Staying in our familiar, comfortable, Christian surroundings is not the way to reach our world.

We need to find out where our neighbors and coworkers hang out and join them there. That’s where we can shine the brightest. And that’s where you will find opportunities to share the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ.

And by the way, here’s a question: Are you walking in the light with God? Are you enjoying the light?


“Going into the darkness of our world can be scary, intimidating, but that is where Jesus wants us to be.”

Matthew 5:16

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”