“As the world grows increasingly dark, remember that YOU are the light of the world.”

This is a passage from my favorite devotional author, Sarah Young, and it was taken from the Sept. 10 reading in her book Jesus Always.

My daughter was born on Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the most horrific domestic terrorist attack on the United States of America. I remember crying in the birthing suite thinking to myself, “what kind of world is my baby girl being born into?”

Sadly, as her 16th birthday approaches, it hasn’t gotten any better.

As Christians, we have a privilege and duty to shine God’s light into the world. It’s our job to spread His word and His love with others.

John 1:5 says, “And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it.”

How are you spreading God’s principle of love?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a remarkable man. I wish he was alive today. The work he did in the 1960s to achieve change in a nonviolence way needs to be reestablished.

The other night, I was reading through a book* of famous speeches I purchased my daughter last year (for a Public Speaking class). In this book, in the “LOVE” section, is a passage from MLK Jr.’s speech:

“Nonviolent resistance avoids not only external physical violence, but also internal violence of spirit. The nonviolent resister not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also refuses to hate him.

At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love.

The nonviolent resister would contend that in the struggle for human dignity, the oppressed people of the world must not succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter or indulging in hate campaigns. To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe.

Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives.”

Sometimes I believe it’s honestly this simple. As Christians, we can do our part to “focus our energies on doing what you can to brighten the place where God has put us. Use your time, talents and resources to push back the darkness. Shine His light into the world!

So go, do God’s work. Spread the love. Brighten this place. Push back the darkness.

Aunt Bubba

Feature image from National Geographic Kids.

*Speeches That Changed the World (Barnes and Noble)