Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Into the Light

Did you read the column from yesterday’s post? In it, Wead describes how various U.S. Presidents were actually the underdogs of their respective families. For instance, Joe Kennedy was the one expected to go far, but it was his “sickly,” nonacademic, younger brother who won the nation’s hearts and gained a foothold in history books. And George W. Bush was viewed as the “family clown,” and yet now he is beginning a second term as our President.

Whether you are fourteen or forty, it’s easy to feel pressured by expectations – real or perceived. Television and movies conspire to make us feel inadequate. We think we aren’t smart enough, or thin enough, or athletic enough or popular enough. Sometimes the damage to our self-esteem comes from the very people we love the most.

Though we may feel like we are living in the shadows, no one knows what life has in store.

God has a plan and a purpose just for you. As long as you are doing your best, keeping your eyes on Jesus and seeking His will, you can live a fulfilled life. The Bible calls it “abundant” life. You may never find fame in this world or you may end up President one day. Either way, God's plan is perfect and every day with Him can be an adventure. After all, he is called the Light of the world. He is the one who brings us out of the shadows.

“You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light." Psalm 18:28