Speak Love Or Curse The Darkness, The Choice Is Yours
“How can you look ahead and be hopeful? Haven’t you seen what’s happening all around you? We’re on lockdown, people are dying, alone and afraid. George Soros and Bill Gates are taking over the world. No, wait, China and the World Health Organization are taking over the world. Well, we know somebody’s taking over the world and it doesn’t look good.”
Bad things have happened in the past. Bad things are undeniably happening right now. But living in fear has never helped anyone. It’s precisely when the times are darkest that we speak of the light. Just as Jesus came into the world during a festival of lights, so we are supposed to be His light for others.
We don’t always know how our efforts affect others. But as Mother Theresa always said, ‘do good anyway.’
If we give God the glory for everything we do, we can be pretty sure we’re on the right track. That may sound strange when you’re trying to corral the kids to do their online homework. You’re focused on jumping onto a Zoom conference so you can spend a few minutes talking to grownups. Not dealing with the Almighty and eternal glory.
Many of us are working from home right now, and finding it tough, to say the least.
For me, that means throwing in a load of laundry and challenging myself to work out a difficult passage in this book I’m ghostwriting before the final spin cycle. There’s nothing particularly glamorous about hard work. Or does giving God the glory somehow ennoble everything we do?
I think it does. When we turn to Him in every circumstance, our circumstances take on new meaning. We realize everything we do, everything we offer, has value.
As Olympic gold-medal gymnast, Gabby Douglas, said in her memoir, Grace, Gold And Glory, My Leap Of Faith, after winning at the Olympic Games in London, in 2012:
“I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of a win-win situation for me. The glory goes up to Him and the blessings fall down on me.”
Gabrielle Douglas, now all of 24 years old, is one of my heroes. She won that Olympic gold medal at age 16. In her memoir, she spoke of ten long years of grueling gymnastics practices, ten years of giving up much of her childhood and adolescence to a dream, ten years of overcoming doubt and fear and being so homesick she wanted to just quit and go home. But she didn’t, and neither should we.
Do ordinary things with love and yes, offer them up. And when you offer them with a loving heart, you’ll know your life has value.
Your kindness, your love matters to others. And everything we offer to God is magnified thousands of times over. So, what would you like to offer Him, grumbling and complaining, or love and hope? What would you like to see more of in your life?
Life isn’t just about you and me and the difficult times we find ourselves living through right now. It’s about where we stand and how we choose to react to our current circumstances. We can add to the fear that blares at us from every newscast, or speak love instead. With love, we can bring light into the darkness, light and hope. Then, just maybe, we’ll find a way to make things better.