Beware Of Darkness!
There is no doubt that many of us have witnessed evil in our lifetimes. Evil is so hideous, in fact, it leaves long-lasting memories, perhaps better called nightmares, with anyone that has experienced its realm.
Like being “broke”, however, in the financial sense, evil really does not exist as an entity. It is what remains when Truth and Light are removed. More aptly, evil is a vacuum, it is the unwanted, unattractive filth that remains in the absence of God.
When a person is in financial straits, we say he/she is broke. In reality, however, being broke is the vacuum that is created when one loses their financial wealth.
“And so it is with darkness. Darkness is not anything tangible that you can touch, measure or quantify. What we experience as darkness is merely and simply, the absence of light. Darkness can assume many different forms in life; it can be violence, it can be hopelessness, it can be fear and despair. At its foundation, the common denominator that defines darkness and enables it to be experienced, is the absence of God”.
Similarly, light can manifest itself in people in many ways. Light can be reflected by the words a person speaks, the facial gestures that indicate compassion (smile, caring, joy, empathy; yes, even tears), the behaviors that demonstrate and witness the goodness, humility, peace and forgiveness of God. Notably, the presence of God is evidenced by Love. Where there is love, there is God.
Light is fueled by noble, positive and caring thoughts, actions and attitude/demeanor. Each of us creates Positive Energy by choice. It’s all about “intent”. It’s how we choose to think, act and importantly, react. Each of us is responsible for our actions. Each of us is likewise accountable for those actions.
Without ever really knowing it, we have become conditioned since birth to associate evil with darkness. Fears of going down into the dark basement; anxiety of walking alone down a dimly or eerily lit block at dusk; frantically searching for a flashlight or candle when the power goes out at home. Whether these examples truly reflect evil is not the point, the point is that darkness creates fear as darkness equates with evil.
Now then, how does one go about confronting something that really does not exist? Easy! Evil (darkness) is confronted and vanished by Light (positive thoughts and actions, optimism, morally-based behavior, decisions and intent). Core values steeped in moral and ethical behavior, worked over time into the creation of habits; the anticipation of positive events in life that directly impact each of us; gratitude, humility and faith for the good things when they do occur. This is the foundation of Light and Truth. It it the Invitation for God to enter our soul and enrich us as human beings, it is our fate; if we so choose it.
As complex as reality and the human condition have become, when we wade through the murky water of life and relationships, it all boils down to the fundamental concept of Darkness and Light. How wise is God to have chosen this simple yet effective metaphor to illustrate who He is and what He desires for each of us?
One thing that is paramount in life is that details matter, down to the most minute and up to the most obvious. To walk in the Light, we must be ever so vigilant to take notice and deliberately choose all our thoughts, words, actions, relationships, behaviors, etc., so that they align, support and yield the results we intend, for ourselves and for those we influence.
There is indeed a real sense of responsibility, accountability and impact each of us must accept as Christians. Being a Christian is not analogous to a light switch, where we consciously turn it on and off. Like life itself, breathing and our heart beat; it must be continuous for it to work as intended.
In the future, make sure to remember that every little thought, decision, action, intention and influence we create is like that small ripple in the water that is created when a stone is tossed into a lake; from the point of entry, a small wave begins and travels outward forever, impacting everything in its path. Let’s make each of those interactions we create with others, positive and well-intended.
With absolute certainty, those actions, like the boomerang, inevitably return to us in due time. Remember, All Things Must Pass. Be well.
Posted on September 4, 2014, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Theology, Truths, Videos and tagged attitude, Christianity, compassion, darkness, Death, God, Light, Love, soul, spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.