Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Perhaps it is from a massive amount of work you have to do or a task that seems too great. It could be the daunting duty of raising children in a Godly fashion in a time with so many obstacles and derailments to Godly living. Sometimes it is an overwhelming feeling seeing evil, injustice, and apathy in a world where we are to be salt and light and are to imitate Christ and his love, compassion, and purity.
A candle’s effectiveness is in its longevity rather than its intensity. Cutting the wax back will allow a candle to burn brighter and hotter, but that same intensity will cause the candle to burn out quickly. It may give off more light for a short period, but that candle will soon extinguish. However, a candle that burns steady will provide consistent light that pierces the darkness. One candle may not illuminate the night, but it will steadily illuminate a room. As more candles join, that area of illumination becomes greater and greater. The more candles that are used, the more darkness is pushed back. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus calls believers the light of the world. We are to be candles that burn diligently. Diligence is an overlooked trait with the immediacy of today. Diligence is what allows us to take life and the issues that come with it one day at a time. Galatians 6:9 says “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Too often we are overwhelmed by the nature of our task. Parenting, marriage, Godly living, and everything else we are called to can feel more like a mountain than a path. Seek diligence in your walk with God and allow that diligence to penetrate your daily lives. Be the lone candle that lights up the room diligently. I bet you’ll find there are many more candles around chipping away at that darkness that you think.
-Kyle Shipp, Adult Minister