Be a Light

Every once in awhile (thankfully not often) I have one of those days where I see the world crumbling before me. Not my world, but the world in general, especially in the country I live in. I had an extremely discouraging trip to the supermarket the other day. Immediately upon entering, someone else was in my same path on the way out. Instead of moving aside saying excuse me, he veered quickly making nasty comments toward me as he walked by. Not the end of the world. I have thick skin and certainly don’t get my feelings hurt easily. It would have been ok if things ended there, but they didn’t. A few minutes later I asked a couple of associates for help looking for different things. In a very bothered and nasty way, they answered my question. Other people in the supermarket were being nasty to each other. This was very surprising to me. Normally people and associates at this supermarket are very friendly. My part of the U.S (Buffalo, New York) is a part that is generally friendly. We are known as the city of good neighbors, and the city often lives up to its nickname. The worst part of this experience is when I exited the store and was in the parking lot. There was a car with flags for gay pride and black lives matter. Now the only stance I will take on these topics now is that everyone has a right to express what they believe. However, what absolutely killed me is that a man was walking in the parking lot screaming and cursing continually at the people in the car. There was also a black man walking by. I was afraid that the screamer was yelling at him, and I asked that man if that was the case. He told me no, that the guy was yelling at the car. However, a minute later someone else was yelling at that black man causing him to yell back! Again, these are incidents and issues I see far less in my city than in other places.

I was feeling a wide range of emotions after this awful experience. I was shocked. I was scared that something further negative would develop as a result. What scared me more was the anger I could feel building up inside me. In fact, so much so that this extremely peaceful individual who avoids conflict at all costs was ready to argue and fight back with anyone else who decided to start trouble. Luckily, I eventually caught myself and thought logically. I decided that instead of adding to the problem I needed instead to figure out something that could solve the problem. It was then that I was reminded of a song I’ve been hearing lately, and also about something I’ve written about often. The song is a Thomas Rhett country collaboration called “Be a Light.” It talks about being a light in a dark world. It’s a beautiful song, and if you want to take a listen, here it is. I then reflected again on one of my favorite Bible verses which is Matthew 5:14-16 which says… You are the light of the worldβ€”like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.Β 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.Β In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

This world can be a very dark place sometimes, especially with all that is going on now with pandemics, protests, senseless shootings, and God knows what else. It is very easy to fall into a negative frame of mind as a result. However, I challenge myself and you my cherished reader to handle this darkness in a different way. Let us instead light our worlds with the light that lives in every one of us. Instead of placing it under a bushel, let us “put it on a stand and give light to everyone in the house.” My work environment is a very negative place, and yours may be too. Let us shine our light there. Will we completely take away the darkness and make everyone there happy? No, but even if we can make a difference for some, we’ve used our light in a positive way. Is your home a dark and negative place? I hope not, but if it is, shine your light brightly and be a positive inspiration. You can indeed make a big difference. Wherever you are, let your light, the one that God has given you shine. Just like a sunny day after 3 rainy ones can brighten your mood, so can a shining Godly light after days, weeks, or even years of darkness.

My supermarket experience the other day was a reminder that we don’t fight evil with evil. We don’t fight darkness with more darkness. Instead, we change darkness by turning on the light. As soon as this thought entered my mind, my emotions changed from anger and wanting to bring justice to peace. I left the supermarket quickly as I had other places to be. I most likely cannot change attitudes of prejudice and discrimination immediately, but I know I can be a Godly example and do my best to bring light to a dark world, and you can too. At first, it will make a small difference, but if we persist, we may not even realize the great positive influence we can become. We not only bring light to others, but our own worlds light up as well. Enjoy the blessings πŸ™‚

18 Responses to Be a Light

  1. Mini B says:

    Such a beautiful song. This post is the need of the hour, Joe. Glad to be able to read it. You are indeed spreading a lot of light to others!!!

  2. juliearahm says:

    Beautifully said!

    Being that light for others is not always an easy task yet necessary, especially in the times we are going through. I know from experience just how easy it is to be negative. I’ve worked hard changing this mindset, yet it trickles in and gets to me from time to time. I know that’s not the place I want to be and do my best to switch my mindset to a more positive one.

    I felt the energy too over these past few days. In the morning, I awoke with such peace in my heart, mind and soul. I went from a peaceful state of mind to one that was hurt, sad, afraid, angered, overcome with emotions, burdensome and heavy in no time at all. A lot of talking to God to help me navigate these troubled and painful hours. I knew it would pass and there was something to be learned from it all. After reading what you wrote I feel like this was the energy surrounding us all, not just my own. I find comfort in knowing I am not alone in feeling what I felt.

    Thank you once again.

    • joedalio says:

      Likewise! Even since I’ve written this I realize that I am not the only one either, and it takes a lot to get me down! Thanks so much for adding your excellent words here. It’s great that the moment we call on God, He and His peace are there for us almost immediately. God bless πŸ™‚

      • juliearahm says:

        He is the one constant and stable in our lives. With His unfailing love for us and knowing He always provides in the most profound and beautiful of ways. Miracles happen around us and to us. Acknowledging Him, knowing He is in control, provides me with peace and comfort πŸ™πŸ˜‡πŸ™ Trusting in Him and His ways has taken me a very long time to do. I’ve learned He is in control and do what’s best for our spiritual growth, and become more as one with Him πŸ’—

  3. thomson1972 says:

    Amen! Everyone can be a light to others especially to our-loves circle.

  4. Shane Kirkpatrick says:

    Amen, good stuff brother Joe! Keep on preaching on.

  5. believe4147 says:

    Good word for a dark world…well maybe it’s not quite as dark as it was if only one more person let’s their light shine.

  6. Jacqueline says:

    Hello Joe, I found you because you liked my South Florida LIFE post and I decided to view your blogs as well. I’m glad I did! I enjoyed reading this one in particular, because I have been preaching this for a while now.

    I live in South Florida and go on daily early morning walks with my partner. There is this guy who recently starting riding his bicycle around the neighborhood. Every time he passed by he kept telling us something about masks, not in a bad way, but a little annoying since we just want to walk in peace and quiet. Although this upsets my partner, I always respond by saying “Have a great day!” Well the other day we saw him again, and guess what, he simply said “Good morning” and rode on his merry way. My partner was incredulous.

    No matter what gets thrown my way, I try to respond with kindness. It’s not always easy to do, but well worth the effort. Much peace to you…

    • joedalio says:

      Thank you for the wonderful comment! Your blog attracted my attention because, after living almost 30 years in the Buffalo winters, I dream of one day living the South Florida life myself.

      I have also found that responding with kindness is the best option. In essence, the Bible says that when we are kind to our “enemies” and avoid the eye for an eye response, we are heaping burning coals on them. However, reaping coals is not the point. Most times we get the type of response you did, or even some additional kindness in return. That’s really what we’re aiming for.

      Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you do return. Have an excellent day πŸ™‚

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