Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Blog Blues

I've got the blues reading my own blog. Thrive Christians is a blog focused on thriving because of the abundant life Jesus promised to each believer/Christian. But in my compassion for the hurting I fear I have reported those in pain more than I have shared the great hope that I see working in my life and others.



Jesus said, "I am the Light of the World. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:12


My pastor preaches often that "darkness" in the Bible refers to ignorance of truth. This explains hard-working devoted church folks who seemed defeated and never demonstrate the joy, peace and abundant life displayed in the first church in the New Testament.



Paul speaks of God working through us in Philippians 2....v.15 "you shine as lights in the world." God has blessed me with peace and joy no matter what is surrounding me or "biting at my ankles" or "hammering at my thoughts" that I believe He shines His light through me wherever I am. When I enter a "dark" place I expect the atmosphere to change because of Christ in me.



Thrive Christians blog is lighting up!!! I'm not sure how sophisticated a "light" I am in the Kingdom of God. I suspect I might be no more than a little birthday candle: just a tiny cheap squirt of wax covering a short burning wick. Oh, I'll joyfully be God's birthday candle of light. I love seeing faces in a darkened room when lit candles on a birthday cake come forth with "ooh's" and "ah's" and then "Happy Birthday to you..."



Life! Let's celebrate life; and all that it gives us in delights and challenges.

Burn and shine wherever you go.

4 comments:

Dorothy Champagne said...

It takes one small candle to be enough to light the path in a dark room. Even if you are a birthday candle, you are certainly lighting a path to those in the dark. And who doesn't look at a birthday candle with amazement and hope - just like we look at you! Keep it up!

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

I don't think your blog has been "dark"....I always laugh and feel uplifted when I visit you!! =) But I love what you wrote on here, such good truths for life today!

sailorcross said...

I don't think that you have been "dark". You have just written what is happening in our world at this time, and a fallen world it is that we are living in.

But, there is hope as we live our lives in Christ, a shining light to the world!! By shining our lights, even if it is the light of one single candle, we can show others our joy, love, and hope, our faith and trust in Jesus--and others will come to Him!!

My hope for this time in our country is that God is using this to "re-turn" people to Him. What happened to the Israelites when they chose to disobey and try to go their own way? They ended up wandering around in a desert for 70 years!!

Keep on shining, Kay!! Don't ever let that light go out (especially in your garage again--you could really hurt yourself!).

Beth

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

You are so precious Kay! Yes we will be lights and shine!
Much love,
Angela

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.