The world can be a very dark place.
One of my best friend's Facebook profile says, "Don't ever let your eyes adjust to the dark."
Jesus said something related to this in Matthew 6:22-23. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
It's easy to let our vision be changed by the darkness. It's easy to let the morning news or our Facebook feed dictate how we perceive the world and our place in it. And while there is much darkness around, we don't have to immerse ourselves in it, adjust to it, or become part of it. Instead we can be light.
Again, the words of Jesus: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).
Philippians 2:15 says, ". . . Be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world."
These sacred words do not deny the realities of the present world. Rather they ask that we fill dark voids with the presence of our light.
Don't let your eyes adjust to the dark. Be blessed today by seeing Jesus as the light of the world. Be a blessing by shining your light before others.