YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
THOUGHTS FOR THINKING PEOPLE
Psalm 119: 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
One of the strongest images of standing strong in a storm is the lighthouse. In the era before radar, satellite navigation, and GPS systems, lighthouses were vital to protect ships from crashing onto rocks, shoals, and shores. Building lighthouses can be considered one of man’s most noble endeavors. Since the beginning of seafaring, families, and friends have lit bonfires at night to guide sailors home.
George Bernard Shaw said: “I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to serve.”
And evangelist D.L. Moody commented, “Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining—they just shine.”
The captain of the ship looked into the dark night and saw faint lights in the distance. Immediately he told his signalman to send a message: “Alter your course 10 degrees south.”Promptly a return message was received: “Alter your course 10 degrees north.” The captain was angered; his command had been ignored. So he sent a second message. “Alter your course 10 degrees south I am the captain.” Soon another message was received: “Alter your course 10 degrees north-I am seaman third class Jones.” Immediately the captain sent a third message, knowing the fear it would evoke: “Alter your course 10 degrees south, I am a battleship.” Then the reply came. “Alter your course 10 degrees north, I am a lighthouse.”
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Debby Boone sang a song in the 70’s ‘You Light Up My Life’ that comes to my mind:
So many nights I’d sit by my window
Waiting for someone to sing me his song
Alone in the dark but now you’ve come along
Rollin’ at sea, adrift on the water
Could it be finally I’m turnin’ for home?
Finally a chance to say, “Hey, I love you”
Never again to be all alone
‘you light up my life
You give me hope to carry on
Christ will be a light if you allow him to be. Because that is what He said He would be. He admonishes us then also to be a light in a darken world. There will be times when we will walk in darkness and there will be times that we stumble and fall. Then there will be times even when we have light we fall because we don’t pay attention. But we can always turn back to Him and He will lead us in the path that lights up.
Let Christ lead and light your path. Then you too can lead and light someone else’s path because of Christ.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Leo Calvin Price