Shine His Light in Your Community
In today’s information age, it’s easy to feel weighed down, as Rebecca St. James puts it, by the “heavy stuff” of the news cycle. With your heart steadfast amidst the whirlwind of this world, you are a radiant beacon of light. Rebecca St. James said in a conversation with Family Life Radio, “We’re not built for this world.”
You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn. Shine out among them like beacon lights, holding out to them the Word of Life.
– Philippians 2:15-16 TLB
Rebecca encourages you to carefully curate your intake of the world’s news. Be wise about what feeds your soul and what depletes it. Within your own village, you have an opportunity to let your light shine brightly. Rebecca shared, “Only so much agonizing, traumatic things can happen in a village.” Use your influence to bring hope and stability, reducing the chaos instead of adding to it.
Use your influence in your community to bring hope and stability, reducing the chaos instead of adding to it.
Guarding your heart doesn’t equate to ignoring reality. Engage with the world around you, but always with the comforting knowledge that God’s guiding hand is on you.
Reflect on the children in your care. As Rebecca points out, “Children should not have to grow up too quick or have that sense of wonder about life taken away.” Cultivate their curiosity, protect their innocence and guide them with wisdom through life’s complexities.
Remember the promise that God stands with us in our fears, ready to carry our burdens. In these uncertain times, lean on His enduring grace and love. Your role is to shine His light in this world, to hold out the Word of Life, and to inspire hope amid the chaos.
Today’s One Thing
Consider adopting Rebecca’s approach to news consumption. Designate times to catch up with world events, but also make room for prayer, peace and the joys of life.