While I’ve always loved quotes, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago I purchased a journal to record quotes in that are meaningful to me. I think I stole the idea from the movie, A Walk to Remember, based on a Nicholas Sparks book by the same name.
I have quotes from a variety of people like Charlie Brown,
In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.”
And Bob Goff, who I absolutely adore,
Quit memorizing who you used to be.”
And then there are countless quotes by unknown… the person who shared great wisdom without gaining any recognition. Quotes like,
An opportunist is someone who teaches the children to swim when the basement is flooded.”
This morning I was reading through a book about Mother Teresa when I came upon a quote of hers worthy of the notebook:
Until current passes through them there will be no light. That wire is you and me. The current is God. We have the power to let the current pass through us, use us, produce the light of the world. Or we can refuse to be used and allow darkness to spread.”
Let that marinade for a few moments. We can be conduits of light by engaging, by taking a stand, by speaking up, or we can simply walk away and allow darkness to rule and reign around us.
God says when we engage in situations of darkness, in areas of need, we are serving Him [Matthew 25:40]. When you stand up and speak for injustice, you’re becoming His mouthpiece [Proverbs 31:8, Matthew 10:19]. When we clothe someone else, we clothe Him. When we stop to listen to another, we’re listening to Him.
Whether we make a meal to carry it across the street or pack a bag of medical supplies to carry it across the sea, we’re serving God when we choose to engage, to do something.
When I stepped into the fight against sex trafficking in America, I discovered a quote by William Wilberforce, an abolitionist from the 1800s, that has become my mantra:
You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”
So what will it be for you? What will you choose? Will you be a conduit of light? Or will you allow the darkness to remain?