Archive for March, 2012

The Darkness Within

We live in a world that is filled with darkness.  Our society is driven by fear and insecurities.  We are constantly looking over our shoulders, watching strangers wondering if they are the ones that bring forth the shadows.  But I’ve found that sometimes the darkness that we fear is the darkness that we find within ourselves. 

There are times when I find myself asking what is hidden beneath the surface, threatening to break out.  Is it everything that we fear about ourselves, the dark desires and thoughts that creep in in the night?  Is it our insecurities?  Or is something that cannot be put into words?

This darkness is part of who we are.  We cannot escape it because it is part of what defines us.  For me, it is the unknown.   The fear of no longer caring about those that I have come to love.  Of dying emotionally. 

Because I understand the darkness that is within me, I know myself even better.  I recognize the darkness, but I do not embrace it. 

There is a saying, “Keep your friends close, and  your enemies closer.”  We study what we fear because when we understand it, there is nothing there to fear. 

Just some thoughts…

God Bless and PEACE

Shadows and Darkness

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:  God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
 – 1 John 1:5-7

Have you ever stopped and watched the shadows fall across the ground?  Or noticed the way light acts when it encounters an object?  I was told this past week that when we walk towards the light, shadows fall behind us.  But when we become the light, shadows flee from us. 

Darkness is not only the opposite of light, it is the absence of light.  Wherever light falls, darkness flees. The dark cannot over power the light, unless the light no longer shines. 

As followers of Christ, we are the light.  The world is full of darkness, from poverty to war, hate to indifference, and everything in between.  We are called to enter this world and force the darkness to flee, so that others may come into and become lights as well. 

The funny thing about light is that when it shines on something, it also casts a shadow in the opposite direction.  When I began my journey to become a follower of Christ I had a huge shadow of darkness lingering behind me.  Doubts, fears, insecurities and beliefs that tore at me.  The closer I got to knowing Christ, the heavier and darker they became. 

Every person who is walking (or has walked) towards the light can tell you how the shadow feels at their back.  When we are out in the world, we must be weary of these shadows as well.  Don’t run from them, but acknowledge that they are there and they will become less of a burden for you. 

When we become part of the Body of Christ, we become part of the light.  The shadows that tore at us flee before the light of Christ, but I’d be lying if I told you that they no longer linger.  Yes, they are there, waiting for a moment of weakness, waiting for us to falter, but as we become one with the Body, we become surrounded by the light. 

The power of community is that when one of us falters, in that moment of weakness, there are others there, shining their light into our lives.  Instead of one flame dancing in the dark, like a single candle, the community that makes the Body of Christ is like a sea of flames, and darkness flees from it’s light. 

Light doesn’t create the shadows and the darkness cannot consume the light.  Next time you find yourself watching shadows dance across the ground, think about where your light is shining.

Just some thoughts…

God Bless and PEACE

Who Are You?

I have been called Yovo, Mzungu, Lion and tall one.  Artist, Christian, Barbarian and Friend.  I am the son of a warrior and the adopted son of the King.  I am a missionary, a humanitarian and a wanderer who found his way home.  I am not perfect, a thousand scattered pieces somehow put back together in a beautiful, broken way. I am both the darkness that threatens to consume me and the light of hope that comes from faith. 

To put everything that we are into a single word is difficult and a few simple words just doesn’t capture everything we are.  We look at our lives and we see so many things that make us who we are.  From our beliefs and thoughts to our actions and convictions. 

We call ourselves Christians, but so many times we find ourselves asking if we are truly living the life Christ calls us to live.  We say we are Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Non-Denominational but we find that we cannot be defined by a Religion. 

We call ourselves so many different things, but if we really want to know who we are we need to listen to how others describe us.  You may not enjoy or agree with everything that they say, but you may discover something about yourself. 

Just some thoughts…

God Bless and PEACE