Lighting the Darkness



Don’t feel bad if people

remember you only when they

need you.

Feel privileged that you are like a candle

that comes to their mind

when there is darkness.


I’ve never considered myself as delicate. I’ve always thought of me as indestructible. Yet after the birth of our sixth child wherein he was delivered in a C-section and both of us almost died, a friend of mine commented that some people were just delicate like that.

In some ways I think I did dumb things when I was growing up to prove that I was indestructible. Yet it’s hard to be sure if that was my true motive or if I did dumb things because I could (do dumb things).

However, as I grow older I find I’m stuck. Either I’ve gotten so used to doing dumb things and that’s what I do, or doing smart things is more difficult than I thought.

Bench pressing?

I’ve read numerous times what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger, which means (as they say) I should be able to bench-press a Buick. During my life I’ve lost things and that is normal as we go through life. Some of those things were dear to me. Yet as is normal as well we pick up and move forward. As with the analogy of a scoop truck scooping up things and adding them on the front of the load even as things fall off the back.

Picking up isn’t as easy now as it was twenty years ago. What’s funny is we don’t usually see it coming. Some wiser person has said it this way, I knew I’d get old, I just didn’t think it would come so soon.

1 Thessalonians 2:

8  So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

9  For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

10  Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

11  As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

12  That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.