In November of 2018, Dave and I took a relaxing weekend trip to the beach.
While there, we visited the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.
The tour was fascinating and the trek to the top involved a lot steps.
Part of what we learned during our time there was how the Fresnel lens collects and then distributes light as a beacon bright enough to guide and keep ships safe.
This dynamic is exactly what Jesus needs from us in our troubled world today: to keep a singular focus on Him so we can absorb His light and then be persistent beacons of love and hope that cut through the fog of pain around us.
If we lose that focus by allowing distracting emotions to pull us away, it becomes more difficult to absorb the light of the Holy Spirit. When that occurs, we lose our light source and dim our beam.
When Jesus was here, He knew there’d be times when we’d need crystal clear guidance about how to proceed in the midst of confusion.
That’s why, when asked which commandment in the Law was the greatest, He kept it simple, replying:
‘‘‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments’’ (Matthew 22: 37-40).
God wants us to worship Him exclusively and love Him above all else.
And He wants us to embrace the Golden Rule by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
We’re better able to do both when we embrace the discipline of maintaining a singular focus on Jesus, so we can more easily absorb His light—and then brightly beam it to the world around us.
Feature photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash.