I was visiting some friends a few weeks ago, Mike and his wife Donna, and we were talking about some things that we could do to help a project for the disabled that is growing in Ecuador. We share something in common – we each have disabled family members, and we have a common friend in Ecuador. It made for good conversation, with a lot of stories.
Well, as the night wore on a bit and we were having good conversation, Mike pointed out that Donna had survived cancer twice. “She’s amazing,” he said. I turned to Donna. Then she told me how twice she had to battle cancer, with the baldness and everything. And when she was done describing it, she said, “You know, a lot of people, as they get older, say, ’50, oh no!’ and ’60, oh no!’ But I say, ’50? Yes!’ and ’60? Yes!'” It’s like getting a second lease on life gave her a whole new perspective, and an energy to live it to the full. I thought to myself, I think I know why. She’s been saved from the clutches of death. I bet she sees so much of life as a gift.
Jesus tells his disciples that they are the light of the world. Where’s that light going to come from? It’s going to come from His loving us all the way to death, and saving us from the clutches of it. When we are saved, we become a light.
In life, there’s a thousand reasons out there to say, “Oh, no!” to each day. The media will be glad to lay them all out to you, every minute of every day. But you have another option. If you let Jesus love you, if you let Him take your pains and disabilities and mistakes and failures and guilts and shame, for Himself, if you let Him love you all the way to death, then you get a second lease on life. A new perspective. An energy to live life to the full.
You don’t have to say “Oh, no!”
You can say, “Yes!”
And be a light.
“For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” (Lk 2:32)