What light is a candle on a bright summer day?
Steve and I often discuss Christianity, church life, what it means to live as Jesus taught us. Living in a large Mennonite community is a comfortable place to be, but is it really what God had in mind when he designed the concept of church? Are we being as effective as we should be in reaching out?
Moving out, reaching out to an area that is not saturated with Christianity is one way that we can more easily spread God’s message of redemption. One of my fears is that even in a new setting we will sink into a comfortable life instead of focusing on outreach.
Right now there are so many opportunities that I can see around me. My struggle is finding ways that I can reach out as a mom with two young children. While I don’t want to rest in this fact alone, I do know that simply living a God-honoring life is a testimony.
One evening, I had taken the boys on a walk. Zachary had taken “Baby” with us and was giving him a piggy-back ride like his daddy gives him. When we got back, I was snapping pictures of the boys, and one of our neighbors walked over to say, “It is so good to see someone taking pictures. You bring so much positive energy to our neighborhood. I like to see that. Thank you so much. We need more positive energy here. It’s good to see someone taking pictures.”
Taking pictures?! Wow, I had no idea that’s a big deal…until I started thinking. I take pictures to remember things I love–a new accomplishment, the bond between father and son, a happy smile, good times with friends. When there is brokenness, anger, distrust, hopelessness–people want to forget. When there is love, closeness, joy–we want to remember. We photograph.
So, yes, even something as small as taking snapshots of my sons is a testimony of what God has done in my heart. In a community where 99% of children live with single mothers, the very fact that we are a two-parent, well-functioning family is evidence that He is still at work in our lives.
On a dark night, a candle shines brightly.