I have had an image, a day-dream in my head for the last month. I have tried my best to ignore it and subsequently forget it but it keeps coming back. Perhaps sharing it will help free me from its grasp.
I’m in a room completely dark. All you can see is one solitary candle flicking in the breeze, barely staying lit. At one point I think the flame will go out but then the candle starts to light surrounding candles. The darkness recedes and the breeze doesn’t seem so strong anymore. The room is filled with such a powerful light from all the lit candles, the golden flames against the darkness in the background is so beautiful. The heat this light gives is so inviting I find myself drawn to it. Yes, it’s not a nightmare but it is quite a haunting sight.
The one thought to walk away with is ” A LIGHTED CANDLE SURROUNDED BY OTHER UNLIT CANDLES DOESN’T LOSE ANYTHING BY LIGHTING THE OTHERS, BUT GAINS A BRIGHTER ROOM.”
We are meant to share. We are sharing the oxygen we breathe, the land we live on, even the time that we have. I think this is who we are meant to be in our purest forms. We are meant to share our light with others. We are meant to light up the darkness around us. We are meant to let our light give off an inviting heat to those in the fringes. Yet this is not what we see in practice.
We have become hoarders. We would rather hold back then give. We have become so good at this, it is now our default state. Perhaps this is one reason for all the ailment around. What happens to a person who keeps on stuffing food but doesn’t go the the bathroom? Yes we have become constipated!
GOD HAS GIVEN US TWO HANDS – ONE TO RECEIVE WITH, THE OTHER TO GIVE WITH. WE ARE NOT CISTERNS MADE FOR HOARDING; WE ARE CHANNELS MADE FOR SHARING – BILLY GRAHAM
What we are giving out is our negative attitudes. “Someone hurt me yesterday so I’m going to hurt someone else today”.
The latter isn’t light or heat. It’s the darkness and frigid air that would put out the candle.
In school and at the work place we hate to share information. Somehow we have bought into the myth that sharing what we know some how causes us to fall behind. The opposite is in fact the truth. Isn’t the work easier when everyone knows what to do and does it proficiently? You teach me what you know and I’ll show you what I can do.
THERE ARE 2 WAYS OF SPREADING LIGHT: TO BE THE CANDLE OR THE MIRROR THAT REFLECTS IT. EMMA WHARTON
Living and working in a competitive society has caused us to become hoarders. From Wall Street to Main Street, if we find some truth that we think will get us ahead, our first instinct isn’t to share but to be selfish. We have a blacklist with everyone on it as potential threats both real and imagined. We had better not help them in anyway.
How has that helped you so far? Isn’t that why we are so paranoid? So lonely? So afraid? We are holding so much on the inside. Like a volcano sooner or later we implode. The proverbial “breakdown” is really an inevitable “meltdown”. We aren’t getting richer, if anything we are getting poor. It’s one thing not to have any money and another not to have any magnanimity.
Think back; Aren’t our most fulfilling moments when we are helping others who couldn’t pay back.
GIVE FREELY AND BECOME MORE WEALTHY; BE STINGY AND LOSE EVERYTHING – PROVERBS 11:24 NLT
MANY SEEK FAVORS FROM A RULER; EVERYONE IS THE FRIEND OF A PERSON WHO GIVES GIFTS – PROVERBS 19:6 NLT
So where is this apathy coming from? What forms has it shown up your life? How will you shake it off? One word; SHARE. Give freely of yourself and see yourself grow. Volunteer your time and skill. Yes divvy up your passion with those around and the next generation. Become a mentor, a coach, a true friend to someone not out of a competitive spirit but truly wish to see them improve. You’ll find that room you’re sitting in will get brighter and warmer. You’ll be surrounded by people of like minds, who want to see you improve and grow. You will feel the warmth of kindred spirits and their passion also.
This world doesn’t have to be so dark and cold does it?
THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON ON EARTH IS THE HUMAN SOUL ON FIRE – FERDINAND FOCH