Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Darker The Room, The Brighter The Candle

My house has a very open floor plan--everything is open except the bedrooms and bathrooms.  I turned out the light to go to sleep the other night, and through my door I saw a light shining from the other side of the house.  I thought I'd left the kitchen light on, so I got up and walked across the house to turn it off.  But I hadn't left the light on at all.  My wife had lit a candle, and had forgotten to blow it out before retiring for the night.  It was so dark in the house at that time of night, that tiny candle seemed to light up that whole room.

People can be like that, too.  I often get frustrated because I'm surrounded by people that don't seem to have any scruples--they seem to have no sense of right and wrong.  They lack honesty and integrity, so I can't believe what they tell me sometimes.  They don't seem to care when their actions hurt other people--in fact, sometimes that seems to be the intention of their actions.  And when they lie to you, or do something that causes you hurt or harm, they don't seem to feel the need to apologize or rectify the situation in any way.  They seem to charge through life with no moral compass what-so-ever, and their own needs and wants seemingly the only thing that's important to them. 

Sometimes I wonder why I cling to my ideals so fiercely.  It would certainly make my life a lot easier if I gave them up.  But then I'm reminded of some of my mentors growing up.  Those men and women that lived among the same kind of people we have today, and decided to live their life to a much higher standard.  As a result, they provided an example and an inspiration to those that knew them.  Young men like me, looked to them for guidance, and I still carry a small piece of those remarkable people with me today.  Sometimes I can hear them whispering to me when I'm getting ready to say or do something I shouldn't.  I can frequently hear my Grandma Creason in those situations saying to me, "two wrongs don't make it right."

As Jesus said in Matthew 7, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."  It's a difficult endeavor to live a moral life, and nobody does it perfectly.  But it's worth the continued effort, because that's the way we should live our lives, and by making the effort to live our lives to a higher set of standards, we do make an impact on those that are around us.  

In a world not lacking in darkness, it's the light that is most valued. 

~Todd E. Creason, 33°

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