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a glow to warm the world

A few weeks ago, Mark shared this quote in a sermon: “I would rather light a candle than curse the darkness.”

Adlai Stevenson, a former governor of Illinois and twice a candidate for president, once used this quote in reference to Eleanor Roosevelt. ¬†Only he took it a step further: “She would rather light candles than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.”

As Christ-followers, we are told to live among unbelievers in such a way as to “shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16).

In other words, our glow should warm the world around us — in our homes, around the neighborhood, and at work.

My prayer for 2013 is that our church will become a glowing reminder of what God wants this world to be.