Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Share your Candle
Welcome to Service – The Action Form of Love
Have you ever been sitting at home in the evening, reading a book or otherwise relaxing, when the power suddenly went out?
This is a pretty common experience. I would expect that you and most of the people you know have had just such a thing happen. And, once it does, the first thing you want to do is find all the candles in your home and light them so you can see what you’re doing.
Think of just how dark the night is without electricity. There’s no light to come in the windows because the street lamps are typically off.
It’s dark and that can sometimes be disorienting, if not downright scary.
Now think about that first candle. When you light it, the room brightens up a little bit, but not much. A single candle can’t usually put off the same light your bedside lamp or kitchen fluorescent lights can put off.
But what happens when you add additional candles? Well, obviously, the intensity and amount of light increases. Depending on where you put the candles around the room, the light can seem to grow exponentially, too.
But what if you had a candle but no way to light it?
Regardless of how many candles you had, with no way to light them, you would stay in the dark until the electricity came back on or the sun rose the next morning.
So many people today are sitting in the dark. They have candles but don’t have the means to light them.
They may be in the dark in a spiritual sense. They may be in the dark economically, educationally, or in some other way. They are lacking something you have – something vital that would make a difference in their lives. The problem is, you may not know about them because – well – because they’re in the dark it’s hard to see them.
So, here’s today’s challenge:
Find someone who needs your light and help them light their candle.
Teach them how to light their own candle in the future, but for now, share your light with them.
Don’t let them sit in the dark where they may be scared, frustrated and lonely. Help them. Befriend them. Listen to them and love them.
Be their light.
Thank you for reading today’s challenge. Thank you also for being willing to share it with others. I appreciate you – and the light you are willing to share with others.
Thank you especially for always remembering that Service is The Action Form of Love.