We are living in such a dark world. We can all use some light.
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." John 1:5
My wife and I were very close to moving away from Middletown years ago. We heard enough things about the school system and the possibility of problems within it to really make an effort to live elsewhere. From what we gathered, some of the kids inside these schools were a little "rough" and we were concerned for the safety of our very young children at the time. But then it hit us. How are we solving the problem? We can go to any school in our country and deal with issues of some kind! No school is immune to problems. As Christians, we also thought how is this representing Who we follow? Would Jesus flee? Would Jesus avoid the possibility of a problem or would he try to be a part of fixing the problem?
This happens everywhere. People leave when things no longer are to their liking. From the school systems, jobs, to even church world. I get it. I really do. But I wonder if some of us are leaving early. I wonder if God wanted us to stick it out a bit more. "Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?" Esther 4:14 Maybe instead of allowing the atmosphere to darken we become the light it needed at just the right time.
"Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone's life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life it's deepest significance." Roy T.Bennett