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THE RELIGION CORNER: Turning on Light During Darkness

This article is written to encourage anyone who may be going through some hard times. You may have lost your job, list a close lived one, parent, child or maybe a spouse. You may have gotten an eviction notice and now you feel like giving up. You cried rivers of tears, and the light on the inside of you is growing dimmer and dimmer.

Allow me to encourage you to never let your inner light go completely out. When that happens, often that person will either commit suicide or they may come pretty close to doing so.

They allowed darkness to take over completely. When the night comes and you enter your home, what’s the very first thing you do? Of course, you turn on some light. J.K. Oliver once said, “You can always find some light in the dark, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey had a gift that he wasn’t sure he wanted. His gift was the gift of life. And his life had seemingly fallen apart all around him. He just knew he was going to lose his business, his livelihood. He faced prison for something he hadn’t done. And as a result of all this, his family faced shame and poverty.

In desperation, he pleads with his arch-enemy Mr. Potter for a loan on his life insurance. Potter gleefully observes, “George, you’re worth more dead than alive!”

George Bailey allowed his inner light to go out. So he decides that his only solution is to throw himself off the bridge into the frigid waters below and at least supply his family with the money from his life insurance.

God steps in and an angel is sent to earth to stop George before he can take his life. He will step in for you, too. Go to church and always keep His first.

How do you convince a man that the gift he wants to throw away is in reality far too valuable to be destroyed? The angel decided to grant George Bailey’s wish and show him what life would’ve been like if he’d never been born. So, as George tries to get back to his home, he finds that the town he’d worked so hard to build up and protect had become a den of iniquity and evil. He was never there to help the community.

Therefore, he saw that the pharmacist — who he saved from a tragic mistake — has become the town drunk. George wasn’t there to keep the poison prescription filled by accident by the pharmacist, who was grief-stricken due to the telegram informing him of the death of his sin from the flu.

His brother Harry, whom he’d saved from falling through the ice, dies because George wasn’t there to save him, and the hundreds of men who Harry would have saved during the war died because he wasn’t there to save them.

Finally, the beautiful woman whom he married and had such wonderful children with ended up becoming a wretched, dejected and lonely spinster.

George now saw how valuable his life had been, so he begged to have a second chance. It took going back to see what a blessing he had been to cause George to want to live again.

Will you take a look back over your life and see how far God has brought you? The Bible speaks of darkness hundreds of times. And it’s never glorified or celebrated.

In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” From the earliest of passages, His Word gives us indications that darkness is a scary thing.

Remember this year to always keep your light burning, never allow darkness to take over your inner spirit, look for the good, be thankful, have faith and never give up! Happy New Year!

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email lyndiagrantshowdc@gmail.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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