Making the best of bad situations

Things are often less than ideal. Even bad. As a result, we encounter imperfect and troubling situations every day—situations which we cannot instantly fix with the wave of a wand.

Darkness lurks.

Thomas More said: “what you cannot turn to good, at least make as little bad as possible.”* Those words resonate with those of us who like to approach situations with pointed practicality.

But harken ye this. In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said: “You are the light of the world.” Think of a dark room. A huge light creates light. But so does a small lamp in the corner. So does a candle.

And so do you.

You and I encounter imperfect and troubling situations every day—situations which we cannot instantly fix with the wave of a wand.

The dark seems too all-encompassing, too entrenched. But it is not ALL-encompassing, nor is it TOO entrenched. After all, Jesus is the light which shines in the darkness, “and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).

Darkness has a certain swagger; but it never triumphs.

Infected with the radiance of Jesus, you are the light of the world.


Notes:

–*As quoted in: Anne Murphy, Thomas More (London: HarperCollins, 1996), 40.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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