There’s an old adage reiterated by Franciscan monks that says, “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness!” Like the passing of the legendary Olympic torch from one person to another, God’s eternal Flame must ignite the hearts of man, going from one person to another, until His Flame, burning brightly, has gone throughout the world.
The original ignition of the Flame began with ONE. Then, that ONE ignited the hearts of 12 others who sent it burning throughout the ages until it reached YOU. Now, every person that you speak to has an opportunity to carry that Flame forward through time, or not.
You cannot fear how the Flame is received. For some, the Flame will be a roaring fire igniting them to action. While for others, it will be a dimly lit spark barely noticeable by anyone. Your job is to simply make the delivery, remembering that, the igniting of this Flame is passed on to others through you, your words, and your actions.
Its ignition is in your daily decision to share your compassion, kindness, love, honor, respect, and forgiveness so that others may see The Word of God alive in you. You make this decision every second, of every minute, of every day, in every interaction, and every conversation. This Flame has no language barrier, no cultural differences, no international borders or racial divides. —And yet, amazingly, God placed the power to light this Flame in YOU.
—But first, you must Light one candle —YOURS. L.
Study Reference: John 1:1-5
From: “The Light Within.” In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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