“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-3
Isn't it amazing that John refers to God himself as the Word? If God can create everything in the world and according to this verse He also contains all life, then my words must hold great weight and power in others' lives! My words can bring light into the darkest of places. If I have the life of Christ within me, then my words should reflect that life. If I want to bring light into a dark world, my words can help me do that.
Here are some ways my words can bring light into the dark world:
It helps me see what's truly around me - When I stumble around in a dark room, it makes it tough for me to see objects in a room. Illuminating a room helps me to see what's really there. My words, whether peppered with truth or encouragement, allow me to see people and situations for what they really are. My words also allow others to see me for who I really am as well.
Once the light is used for illumination it is hard to get rid of- Dark rooms are only dark because of their absence of light. Once I let the light of the truth of God's word into my heart, it’s tough to become dark again. I may cower from the brightness, but soon I will adjust based on my desire to want the light. Being in a lighted room is much better than being in a darkened one.
Light enhances my life; darkness hinders my life- I know of no one who would prefer to live in a home with no light. Our bodies are made for light. Those that suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can attest to this. Too much darkness can cause detrimental physiological effects on my body if it goes too long without darkness.
We are called to bring light to a dark world. Are you the light that others seek to illuminate their lives?