In my last post, When Darkness Presses In, I wrote that when we feel the darkness of the world pressing in on us we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and continue to shine God’s light to our corner of the world. With Jesus there is hope. With God there is no obstacle to big and no wall to high for Him to overcome. I left out one point that is important in fighting the spiritual battle all around us. It’s an important enough topic I felt it needed a whole post to itself.
We are bombarded with words every day. From magazines in the grocery store line to billboards, computer pop-ups to commercials on T.V. Having to catch the news in the morning or evening is a thing of the past. Now we can get our news any time of day. Most of those are stories of tragedy. It’s so readily available it’s almost unavoidable. We can only take in so much bad news and negative talk before we are left wondering where the good in the world is. This is where you and I come in. It is so important that, as followers of Christ, we encourage one another. Words have power. Whatever we read and listen to will effect us. What we say to others will effect us and those listening. When we use our voice to tell the things God has done in our lives, it brings hope to others. It brings light to a dark world.
I love the movie Soul Surfer. It’s a great story based on true events of a girl, named Bethany, who lost her arm in a shark attack. I love that the movie’s focus was not on the actual attack but on how she overcame so many obstacles and gave glory to God through her journey. I also heard an amazing story of a lady named Jennifer Bicker who was born without legs. Her parents didn’t think they could raise a child without legs so she was left at the hospital she was born at in Romania. A couple from Indiana had been wanting a girl. They found out about Jennifer and adopted her. They raised her to know the Lord and didn’t treat her any different than their other children. They taught her all that was possible instead of what was not possible because she had no legs. She ended up becoming an acrobat. Her story is amazing. I recommend you look her up. She has a surprising twist to her story that I won’t spoil for you here.
Both Bethany and Jennifer are two truly amazing people who show that God can do amazing things with us when we let Him. They give a great perspective on how we should look at life. Not at all the negatives and things we can’t do, but looking through the lens of the possible. Through them telling their story they give hope and encouragement to so many. They bring in the lost by shining God’s light.
I know many of us have amazing stories to tell. Stories of how God brought us through insurmountable odds and turned impossible into possible. Stories of healing, restoration and hope. Your story is what someone needs to hear. By focusing on the great things God has done we can shift others to look at Jesus and not the circumstances. There is good in this world. God is doing miracles everyday in the lives of everyday ordinary people. Tell the good news of what He has done for you. Point out the goodness you see all around you. Proclaim God’s greatness all your life. In the small things and the big things. This world needs to hear celebration of God’s goodness. We are not defeated! Christ has overcome! So celebrate with joy, victory and thanksgiving. Speak of the wonderful things the Lord has done for you. You never know when it might be just what someone needed to hear.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long. Psalm 35:28
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:8-9, 16