|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “The influence of a mentor”
Our Bible verse for today: “You are the light of the world” Matthew 5:14 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “A little light, chases away a lot of darkness”
Have you ever experienced darkness so deep that you literally cannot see your hand in front of your face? You can have that experience in Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico. Once you are deep in the cavern the lights are extinguished and you will experience darkness so complete that you might become disoriented, perhaps feel claustrophobic, and you may panic as you reach out trying to grab onto some solid object for reassurance.
But if at that time you were to strike a match, you would be amazed at the difference that little light would make. That’s because just a little light, chases away a whole lot of darkness. That’s true in the physical world but it’s even truer in the spiritual world. That’s the point Jesus was making in Matthew 5:14 in the Sermon on the Mount. As His followers we have the Holy Spirit in us and working through us shining spiritual light into a dark world. And just a little bit of spiritual light chases away a whole lot of spiritual darkness.
In recent days we’ve been considering the impact mentors make in the lives of at-risk children who live in dark, difficult, and sometimes even dangerous home environments. I’ve told you about the difference mentors make in the lives of those children through ministries like Kids on the Rise and the Lighthouse Christian Camp. But you might wonder how much of a difference can really be made in just one hour of mentoring a week (KOTR), or through an occasional camp experience (Lighthouse Camp), especially if those children are living the rest of their lives in darkness. The answer is found in the illustration above. Just a little light, chases away a whole lot of darkness.
That’s true for all mentoring relationships regardless of the ages of the persons involved. People thirst for positive, encouraging, and uplifting interactions. Love, encouragement, and positive reinforcement all make a big difference in the life of a struggling person. Those words and actions will be remembered for a long time, and will continue to have a positive impact in that person’s life long after the event itself has ended.
With just a little time and effort mentoring relationships can make a big difference in a life. It really is true that a little light, chases away a whole lot of darkness.
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