“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Have you ever said something that you regretted the minute it came out of your mouth. I know I have. I really tend to speak before I think. And when I do know what I want to say, it tends to come out all wrong. I think that is why I like to write so much. I can put my thoughts and feelings down on paper, reread them, and erase and change things if I need to! Wow, I wish my mouth had a built in eraser. I think it truly is a gift to be able to hold your tongue. You may not think it is as hard not to speak your mind or give your opinion if you are a quiet person who likes to keep to yourself. But the things we say don’t just come out of our mouth! Many times our body language speaks volumes. I am embarrassed to admit that I have turned and walked down another aisle in the grocery store if I saw someone I knew that I really didn't feel like talking to that day. I have also crossed over to the other side of the street just avoid a homeless man sitting against the very building I wanted to go in to. I think we have all done things like that.
Go back and read the passage at the top again. Think about what it is really saying. We are all important and valued by God. He doesn’t care if we are right or wrong, he just cares about us. Stop and take time to read the entire chapter of Romans 12. I think you may get a little more understanding of what God thinks is important. I find comfort in knowing that I don’t have to prove myself to Him. I just have to have faith to accept myself for who I am, I also must accept others for who they are as well. It doesn’t matter if we all agree when the light should be turned on, or when it should be turned off. The main thing is that we work together, merging our own unique ways of living in order to present ourselves complete before God. The light will be on when I stand before him on judgement day. I hope He likes what He sees!
Are we on the right path? We hope so, but how many of us really reach our destination? We have grown up hearing that Jesus is the only “path” to heaven, but what does that really mean? Does it mean that being the best puts us on the right path? Does it mean that knowing more, puts us on the right path? Or perhaps it means that being special puts us on the right path. We can all strive to walk on the path of righteousness. However we may be walking alone unless we ask Christ to join us. We don’t know where that path may lead. We didn’t create that path. But if we walk with Christ, we can be assured that we will not get lost. We may encounter some bumps along the way. However, we can tighten our grip and hold fast to the reassurance that we have a guide that will not lead us astray. While our goal may not always be clear, His is. He wants our path to lead us to eternal life in Him. This is a goal that can be achieved if we only trust and look for the signs along the way.