Our Daily Bread
Keepers of the Light
For God . . . made his light shine in our hearts………..2 Corinthians 4:6
They call them “Keepers of the Light.”
At the lighthouse on the cape of Hatteras Island just off the North Carolina coast of the United States, there’s a memorial to those who’ve tended the light stations there since 1803. Shortly after the existing structure was moved inland because of shoreline erosion, the names of the keepers were etched on the old foundation stones and arranged into an amphitheater shape facing the new site. That way—as a placard explains—today’s visitors can follow in the historical keepers’ footsteps and “watch over” the lighthouse as well.
Jesus is the ultimate light-giver. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). That’s a radical thing for anyone to claim. But Jesus said it to affirm His relationship with His heavenly Father, the Creator of light and life who sent Him.
When we look to Jesus for salvation and follow His teaching, we’re restored in relationship with God, and He gives us new power and purpose. His transforming life and love—“the light of all mankind” (1:4)—shines in us and through us and out to a dark and sometimes dangerous world.
As believers in Jesus, we become “keepers of the light.” May others see His light shine from us and discover the life and hope He alone can give!
By James Banks
REFLECT & PRAY: Jesus, I praise You for Your light and love. Help me to shine for You.
Credit: Our Daily Bread
I recently received the question, “How can we keep disagreements from escalating?” That is a great question and one that most of us have to deal with at some point in our marriages. Here are three things that work for Nancy and me:
- When one is talking, the other is to listen and not interrupt.
- Make sure you really heard what the other was saying by repeating it back to them in your own words.
- Always have a “we” approach. You are a team that is trying to do what is best for each other and the marriage.
Go over these together and keep them in mind the next time you have a disagreement. That is your One Thing for today!
Today’s One Thing: Go over Dr. Kim’s three bullet points to remember during a disagreement and apply when necessary!
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