Monday, January 02, 2006

Light In The Darkness


Fireworks seen from my balcony Posted by Picasa

Happy New Year everyone!

“May the joy of celebrating our Saviour’s birth remain in your heart to be your strength each day…to refresh your delight in Him…to be the light that shines into the lives of others.” – Bonnie Rickner Jensen

In my previously post Salt, Light and City On The Hill, I wrote that light creates images of causing darkness to flee and truth to be highlighted. As we share the good news of the gospel of Jesus, we are indeed light to the world. You don't have to curse the darkness as a Christian. No. Just shine the light. Darkness disappears of its own accord! Share the truth and love of Christ, and fulfil that great commission!

When I saw the fireworks in my balcony on New Year's Eve, God confirmed this message to me again. Truly when the fireworks (bright light) appeared and shone, the darkness around the neighbourhood disappeared straight away.

The fireworks also reminded me that this life is brief. Like Moses says in Psalm 90:10, "The length of our days is seventy years— or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. "

But what we learn here, and what we experience here, has eternal significance. I feel that two of the most important laws in my life (which are also my new year resolutions) are: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' ; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself."

Lord, help me to love you and love people with all of my being, and be a reflection of Your light. In Jesus' name, amen.

22 comments:

Kc said...

This is important. We don't have to condemn in order to contend.

Kitty Cheng said...

yes so often we condemn to contend don't we? may our Lord help us to be gracious and loving as we follow Jesus' footstep to be light of the world.

Jayne said...

I join you in that prayer to love everyone. Do unto others.

Corry said...

That's my word for 2006 and beyond: "love" :-)
I too join you in that prayer.

God's Grace.

Kitty Cheng said...

Dear Jayne and Corry, yes we love because God first loved us.

Rulan said...

If more people knew the love of the Lord and spread it afar, what a world this would be. To be filled with the Father's love for others, oh what a wonderful gift. May you have a great New Year.

Pia said...

i also join you in that prayer, kitty. to love the unlovable is so hard to do and i have a few in my list here.

audrey` said...

This was the Christmas message in my church service. To love the unlovable... It's so difficult but extremely important in our Christian walk.

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Kid, thanks for visiting my blog. Oh how I pray that wonderful gift of love manifested in my life and the lives of others. God's good all the time.

Kitty Cheng said...

Dear Pia, and Audrey, loving the unlovable is difficult but all things are possible in God's strength. May the Lord help us as we seek to love like He does.

Akinola Akinyede said...

Beautiful piece Kitty. To have the Greatest Commandment as a new year resolution is hugely commendable. God's Love which compels the acts and deeds of love to God and humanity shall be poured afresh into your heart by the Holy Spirit in 2006, to enable you fulfil your new year resolution. Amen

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Praying for help to be more loving is always a good idea.

God Bless

An Ordinary Christian said...

Thank you Kitty for your commitment and service to our King and for your prayers on my behalf. I love seeing that I think God is doing something bigger than me in my life.

BHGA said...

I needed to read this today....thank you for a wonderful post. God Bless

Doug E. said...

Great blog!

God Bless,

Doug

Kimber said...

Hi Kitty - thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment - nice to meet you too!

I have enjoyed your blog site too!

I especially like your post on 'loneliness' and the one on Chronicles of Narnia!

Blessings to you!

Mark D said...

Happy New Year to you too, Kitty!!

Kitty Cheng said...

Thanks Akinola Akinyede for your kind comments. Very nice to meet you =)

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Matthew, Andrea, I am so awareness that I can't do it in my own strength, that's why I so need help from God to love and do something bigger than me in my life.

God Bless you heaps.

Kitty Cheng said...

God Bless you Donna. Glad that this post encouraged you. Let's love God and humanity in His strength. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Doug and Kimber, thanks for visiting my blog and your encouraging words. Happy New Year and God Bless you.

H K Flynn said...

Beatiful thoughts about light.

God has shown me that when witnessing, because He is convicting the world of sin righteousness and judgement, I can be free to sort of 'play good cop'.

I'm a natural at playing 'bad cop' though!

Take Care!