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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Light and Dark (05/21/09)

TITLE: Daddy Can You Turn On The Light
By Stacy Wells


“Daddy, can you turn the closet light on and leave the door open?”

This is a question I hear every night from my seven year old.

“I’ll turn on the light, but I just leave it cracked.” I reply.

This is always a frustrating time at night for me. In my mind, she is seven. She shouldn’t be scared of the dark anymore. Her three year old sister isn’t. Sometimes she starts crying and I end up yelling at her. As I sat thinking about the topic for the week the Lord kept bring me back to this. I didn’t know why.

But the Lord was speaking to me about this dark world that we live in and that He is the true light. We need to be surrounding ourselves with His light. We need to be submerging ourselves in His word. We are His chosen people. Matthew 5:14 and 15 NIV says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”

Wow! We have such a great responsibility as Christians. Why is our light so easily hidden? Why is it that even as Christians we don’t want to be fully in the light? It’s because the light exposes what the darkness hides and someone might see it. So we put a foot in the light or try to just be half way in, continuously trying to hide what we don’t want exposed. We suffer from it. Out families suffer from it. Our country suffers from it. The church is in deep suffering because we don’t want to be completely in the light. We hang on to our sins, even those we have confessed, in fear of humiliation, ridicule and persecution. Because of this deceit builds in our hearts and we place a bowl over our lamps.

My daughter needs more Light in her life. She needs my wife and me to shine it on her. We need to be open to her, and teach her that the light is good. Now that the Lord has taught me a lesson I know I need to go to Him daily and ask, “Daddy, will you turn on Your light and open the door?”

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Melinda Wells05/28/09
I love this!
Janice Fitzpatrick05/29/09
Amen!~ What a message here! Love the daddy's honest voice and the daughter's request. May we too ask our heavenly father,"Daddy, please leave the light on..." Good job!!!
Jan Ackerson 05/31/09
I love the way your started and ended with the same quote, but with two different applications. Excellent.
Brenda Rice 05/31/09
There are several things I like about this and the primary one has nothing to do with your writing. I love the way you call God, Daddy. Relationship with Daddy will bring all of us into the light where nothing is hidden.

Your article is well written and thought provoking.
Gordon Lavoie06/01/09
I agree with all the above. Well expressed, well done.
diana kay06/03/09
lovely. a common everyday situation (and many kids need the night light) and used to illustrate an important scriptual truth. his could be used in a short article written for non christian parents or in a parenting class. Clearly and sensitivly written
Patricia Herchenroether06/03/09
A good story making a VERY good point. Well done.
Loren T. Lowery06/03/09
I love the simple way this story was told; and your style made in very plain to see and understand. And, actually, while reading, "surrounded by light" a deeper understanding of this phrase came to mind. Thank-you!
Sara Harricharan 06/03/09
Loved the message here. Indeed, we should ask to have the lights turned on. Wonderful application.
Rachel Rudd 06/03/09
I like the beginning and ending of this story, too. They are really strong and brings home the point you are trying to make!
Carol Slider 06/03/09
It's amazing the lessons we can learn from what our children say. Good job!
Lollie Hofer06/03/09
Such a simple little story yet full of great insights. I too like how you started and ended with the same quote. You obviously have an intimate relationship with Abba Father. Thanks for sharing.
Colin Swann06/03/09
A good message here, almost like a little preach. Teaching, preaching and writing can go together.

Thanks Colin
Brenda Kern 06/03/09
A terrific full-circle to the concept between the beginning and the ending. That was very nicely done.

Try to imagine that your challenge entry is going to be picked up and published somewhere completely unrelated to FW. (and maybe someday, that will happen) With that in mind, don't ever mention FW, the challenge, the topic, etc.

Expand and expound, and this will get even better.
Catrina Bradley 06/03/09
Oh, yes, this is good! So so true. The only thing you should change is to leave out the reference to the challenge and thinking about the topic. ;) I LOVE the way you ended it, with the father repeating the child's quote and coming full circle. Nice job!