As he continued to share specific thoughts that have been flooding his mind, I reminded him that, as Christians, we ALL struggle in this area. We are called to be in the world, but not of it. (So much easier said than done, right!) We can't control what classmates, co-workers, neighbors, even our spouse will do and say. What we can do is take those thoughts, words, and emotions captive! We put Philippians 4:8 into practice.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
After our talk, he went to his room to build with his Legos. After about 30 minutes, he came downstairs. He had been listening to our local Christian radio station while building and had heard a song he wanted to share with me. As the song reached the chorus, the artist sang,
"Mom" he said, "doesn't this song sound like me!" My heart was so full that my eyes couldn't hold their tears another minute! As they streamed down my cheeks, I agreed with him. I was so thankful for how God was speaking to his young heart, making him aware that he is called to be the light to a dark and lonely world.It's so much brighter living in your world,Savior what you did for me.You gave me something I want everyone to seeWhen we stumble and it all goes wrong,Only you can make it rightSo I sayOh oh oh oh ohI'm learning to be the lightwhoa, whoaI'm learning to be the light*
Being the light is not for the faint of heart. It requires strength, perseverance, courage and faith. It's a life-long learning experience of day to day choices and opportunities that are available to us to be like Jesus, to show his love to someone, to make the difference, to take the stand, to shine HIS light.
As a mother, I wish I could take all my children's trials and struggles away. I wish they didn't have to endure the hurts and hardships of a sinful world. However, I know that it is through these struggles that they will experience an intimacy with God that can not be revealed any other way. So it is with all of us. God allows each of us to endure for His sake; and in doing so, we too are "learning to be the light."
*"Learning to be the Light ~ New WorldSon"
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16