Leave the Light On…

Wednesday Wisdom 🙂


Inspiration this week comes from Matthew 5: 14-16

“You are the light of the world — like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”


Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had about 24 hours of “windshield time”. I do not usually travel that often but my trip to OSU was followed immediately with another work trip to Kansas. The good part of driving time (especially in rural America where the traffic is light) is long periods of relative quiet. I am an avid Christian music listener so I fill that time with spiritual reflection.

Matthew West has a song out entitled Do Something that strikes a cord deep inside of me. It came on the radio on my way to Stillwater, and I thought about it often during my journeys. If you have never listened to it, I highly recommend spending a few moments of reflection letting the lyrics sink into your soul. The first stanza goes something like this:

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now, thought
How’d we ever get so far down, and
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”

How many times have you watched the news, read articles on the internet, or listened to the radio and thought, “Our country – our world – is just such a mess”? Are those thoughts followed by feelings of anger or hopelessness?

Do you shake your head and go about your daily life or do you “do something”?


I believe in the trilogy:

  • God the Father
  • God the Son
  • God the Holy Spirit

As I accept God the Father’s gift of Jesus in my heart, the Holy Spirit guides my journey and lights my path. Quite simply, it’s the way that God is able to leave the light on  — through each and every one of us. As we reflect His love, it creates a light for the world.

My favorite farmer and I have had hundreds of intellectual discussions over the years about the increase in violence and judgement (finger pointing) that currently exists in our country. We’ve debated politics, government regulations, morality, parenting techniques and a huge variety of topics trying to find a reasonable solution to take our country out of it’s current state of darkness and into a place filled with the light of love.

Each time, I found myself coming back to God.

For a while, I was like the song — shaking my fist at heaven and asking, “God why don’t you do something?

But then I met Joseph.

And God used him to answer my question. He said, “I did, I created you. Go and share my love.”

I learned that the recipe for healing is love. It is a universal display of loving actions that help to heal — one child, one person at a time. When we all take up that mission, the acts of daily love become countless and God’s light (expressed by each of us) overshadows the darkness. Only then can love trump violence and hatred to create a new culture of freedom.

God lights our path through Jesus’s gift of guidance through the Holy Spirit. But, we cannot reflect that light if we don’t move our feet down the path. Each and every one of us is God’s answer. Together we heal our world – one reflection of love at a time. It isn’t complicated, but sometimes it is hard.

Faith carries us forward.

I pray that together we will enable God’s grace to leave the light on.

 

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3 responses to “Leave the Light On…

  1. Mike Wolff

    Anne
    I really enjoy your new format. I look forward to reading each Wednesday Wisdom, take time to reflect and really think about the topic. This week you talk about the depth of the degradation of our country. I believe that it is true that each of us plays a small part in how this ever changing world works. I think that 4-H, FFA, and the many youth oriented activities play a huge roll in how our youth view the world today. It’s why I do what I do. Help to guide youth in 4-H, school, and church. It is up to each of us to help form the fabric of future generations. It is my hope that more people will see that love, nurturing and guidance can help our youth and world be more resilient in the face of the modern world. Keep doing what do do. It does make a difference.
    Mike
    Dawson County Extension
    4-H program assistant

    • Hi Mike! Thanks so much for your comment of encouragement. I am glad that “Wednesday Wisdom” speaks to your heart — I am finding it to be a meaningful journey as well. It seemed a good fit for me after I closed down my feed yard and my life in agriculture shifted a bit. My traditional agricultural “advocacy” now appears on Innovative Livestock Services and the Beef Marketing Group which opened up the door to do something different on Feed Yard Foodie. It is something that I pray about and think carefully on before I post — that reflection helps me with my faith walk, and I am very glad to hear that it is also a help to you.

      I agree that our youth is our future. Thank you for all that you do for the kids of Dawson County. Through us they learn that they have value and play an important role in the “big picture” of life. Keep up the awesome work! Again, thank you for your service 🙂

      Best,
      Anne

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