124. Doing What You Can

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“You know,” Stan said, “I told you about that Chinese restaurant on Elm Street?”

“Yes, and I tried it the other day.  You were right.  Great food!”

“Had dinner with my bride there again last night.  Love their fortune cookies.”

“Another good one?” I asked.

“Listen to this:  ‘It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.’”

“That reminds me,” I said, “of the child picking up starfish on the beach and throwing them back in the ocean.  Some grump told her there were too many to make a difference.  She picked up one, threw it back, and said that it made a difference to that one.”

“Exact same thing,” Stan said.

“I can’t, and you can’t, fix everything, but we can do our part in lighting the darkness.”

“After all,” Stan said, “the only cure for darkness is light.  And dark only does what dark does, it gets darker until it is dispelled by light.”

“My role is to light the light.  It may seem small to me, but to the person who is helped by it, that light may be very big.”

“God is the one who determines the size!  And I am to listen to Him and obey.”


You are the light of the world. . . .  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:14, 16.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for light that overcomes the darkness of this world.  Thank you that you want to use me as light that will glorify you.  Please help me in keeping the perspective that you want, the perspective that I can make a difference for you.  Please help me in not being drug down by the darkness and thinking any effort will be futile.  Please, Lord, keep before me the wonder that with and through you all things are possible.  Thank you that I can and do come before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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