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Topic: light (05/24/04)

TITLE: ARE WE LIKE LIGHT?
By Anthony David
05/27/04

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ARE WE LIKE LIGHT?
By
Anthony David Swaroop Kumar


I sat thinking. Our Lord wanted us to be the light of the world. What exactly did He mean? What did He want us to do, as light?

“What are the properties of light? How do they compare with how we behave?” These questions kept ringing in my mind as I sat, musing.

One property of light impresses me.

Light never throws light on itself! (Pun, intended)

The source of light sends out light rays. These rays fall on other things and people and light them. Make them shine.

What a lesson we can learn then? We ought to, like light, make others shine. A challenge for me indeed. If I can do that, then I can easily say, with John the Baptist, “He must increase and I must decrease”

This then should our formula for life be:

Our first priority should always be, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His Kingdom. (Matt.6: 33) (J= Jesus)

Second should be our concern and love for others, our brothers and sisters. (O = Others)

Thirdly and finally, we should think about our own selves. (Y = You)

Then we will have JOY, real joy. Light dispels darkness. If we have this JOY in our mind and behave as ‘light’, then surely we can dispel the darkness of ego and sin.

Then, surely will men see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.

“Father of Lights, light us up so that we can make others, our brothers shine. Let us decrease, Lord and the others increase. Amen.”


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© 2004: Dr.M.A. David S Kumar.


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shirley shields05/31/04
Great article. God Bless
Deborah Porter 06/01/04
I liked this Anthony! That one little sentence, "Light never throws light on itself!" is probably going to sit with me for days. It worked perfectly with the quote from John the Baptist. As writers, may we all have that wonderful JOY and throw our light on others and make them shine! With love, Deb

L.M. Lee06/02/04
I always like taking a word, studying it and seeing how its truths apply...you did a good job
Dian Moore06/02/04
The source of light sends out light rays. These rays fall on other things and people and light them. Make them shine.

What a perfect thought. Thank you!
Dave Wagner06/03/04
I wish you would have let this stew some more before writing and submitting it. It was difficult for me to follow the progression of thought. The statements seemed kind of haphazard. There are good nuggets in here, but the thoughts don't mesh.

>> What a lesson we can learn then? We ought to, like light, make others shine. A challenge for me indeed. If I can do that, then I can easily say, with John the Baptist, “He must increase and I must decrease”<<

This is an example. Even within these two lines, it's not easy for me to discern what you mean to say - but within the context of the entire piece, the problem is accentuated.

But, as I said, there are good pieces here - I just think this piece needed more time to cook. I know you are a very competent writer, and I always look forward to your submissions.
Gary Sims06/03/04
Anthony - I agree with Dave on this one - I got a little lost (I am easy to lose) but the concept is good. You might try rewriting each nugget, limiting yourself to an exact form for each thought - say in the style of Proverbs. Challenging yourself like that might reap big rewards. - Good an intriguing thoughts.
Lynne Gaunt06/04/04
Thank you for sharing this. I love the JOY acronym - a good rule for daily living on this old earth!
Phyllis Inniss 06/05/04
Good article. "We ought, like light, to make others shine." This will surely please our Father who is in
Heaven.