This blog was birthed out of a heavy burden after experiencing 2020. Though the year brought so much pain for many of us in different ways and for many different reasons, it also brought forth truth, goodness and beauty.
Every time I turned on the TV or opened my social media, I would get so upset and many times angry. I saw that I wasn’t the only one. In fact, I think most of us experienced this for our own reasons. But we know that “what goes in, must come out.” When anger would go in, it also needed a place to be released. I saw myself getting angry toward the people I loved, out on social media and sometimes in ways when I was living in the world. God tells us to “guard our hearts because everything we do flows from it.” And He says “what comes out of the mouth (or fingers many times in my case) is what overflows from the heart.” The truth is, I wasn’t guarding my heart. I was allowing negative things to come in through my eyes and enter my heart that would then overflow negatively into the world. I can humbly admit that I was only adding to the turmoil of 2020. But as time passed, I kept being reminded that “darkness does not drive out darkness, only light can do that.” So I needed to stop focusing on the darkness and open my eyes to “the light of the world.”
I needed His light to permeate my heart and then give it out to the world to drive out the darkness that was surrounding me.
2020 was not a waste. It was not meant to harm me. It was used for my good. And the same goes for you. It humbled me. It taught me. It made me more like Christ. And broke me and showed me that it’s all for His glory! It’s never been about me, my circumstances or anyone else. He will do what needs to be done to draw us near to Him. He isn’t concerned with making us comfortable. He is concerned with the state of our hearts. And he will go to great lengths for us to “return to Him.”
The beauty that followed 2020 is the knowing that fixing my gaze on Him: His truth, His goodness and His beauty can make us unshakable. When He is our solid foundation, our peace can withstand anything. I learned that focusing on these 3 things, we can combat the darkness that wants to rule the earth. It made me realized that being a weapon of light for a dark world is my true purpose and calling.
So what you’ll find here is a laser sharp focus on what is true, good and beautiful. It’s a place when the world seems dark you can visit and fill your heart with His goodness instead and combat the darkness in your own little corner of the world. It all starts with us growing in goodness.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.