I Thessalonians 5:5–Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
We are all born positive and optimistic people. God intentionally fills us with light and the glory of the day. We aren’t made to be dark people. He created us to be followers of the light, purveyors of that light, shiners of light. Not of darkness. It is life that teaches us negativity and pessimism. Teaches us how to lie, cheat, abuse. Look at babies and children, if you don’t believe it. They are so wonderfully innocent, trusting, and lighthearted. It isn’t until they begin to grow and have life experiences that we see them change and learn about things like fear, distrust, trauma, and depression. Sadly, some learn earlier than others. Doesn’t a child naturally trust, until they are given a reason not to? Most adults, by the time they get to adulthood, have already learned that trust is something not to be freely given. Until a promise is broken for the first time by someone a child looks up to, they assume all promises will be kept. Until someone hurts them, they assume all people are kind. That’s why I have already had more conversations than I can count with my children about their safety. It is sad that is the case, but it is reality.
Once we have learned about the dark side of humanity, it can never be unlearned. But, we don’t have to cling to it, either. God wants us to continue to cling to the light. He wants us to stand out from the crowd, to be different in a positive way. Granted, we will be more cautious and try to protect our hearts-it’s inevitable-but that doesn’t mean we are to walk around with frowns on our faces, constantly worried about the next time we will get hurt, paranoid about relationships with others. Instead, to me, it seems that if we can still place our trust in other human beings, still look for the good in the world, our positivity becomes an even stronger light. We know the evils and darkness, yet we choose to continue to shine and believe in light. That is a statement everyone around us can see, and hopefully find inspiration in.
How do you think our world would change if we all chose light instead of dark? I would love to hear your comments!
(Above photo taken by me at The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN)