As a farm boy growing up in Wisconsin, I had many people who taught, led and inspired me. They included my parents, church leaders, teachers and community leaders. They were the ‘lights’ that showed me the right path to follow toward Christianity, integrity, leadership and community/church participation.
Advent is the season of many, colorful lights. These lights attract our attention and stimulate our emotions. Light also shows the way, overcomes evil, listens, learns, teaches, works, cooperates and is compassionate.
Although anyone can be the ‘light’, we as adults who are more mature and experienced must be examples of the bright, shining light. Being the ‘light’ requires having a vision, being an active learner, studying the Word, working/volunteering in the community, maintaining a healthy body, demonstrating an active prayer life and showing compassion for people and their needs.
We live in a dark world of crime, government inefficiency and self-entitlement. For youth and young adults there are sketchy maps of cheating and graft to success. Our fast-paced lives and portable phones can lead to a meaningless life.
Our society needs more people to be ‘lights’, to show the way and to model a more righteous way of life. We Christians need to use the talents and gifts inherited and given by God to become the great light for others.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to be the light of our lives. Help us to learn to be Your light in today’s world and show the way to others. Amen.
-Dave Craig From the Church Street Advent Devotion Book, 2013