God has been sending a lot of atheists into my life lately. There was a week or two in there where I felt like they were literally crawling out of the woodwork.
It's been really interesting to have discussions with people who lack faith, or question things in such obsessive detail. It makes me wonder how they even get through the day? When you get caught up on such big-picture ideas, how do you manage to get through a normal day with all its twists and turns? And more importantly, how do you handle all the disappoints of each day when your heart isn't filled with hope?
Unbelievers are everywhere. They come in all shapes and sizes. Big ones and tall ones. Short ones and young ones. Spouses, siblings, neighbors, coworkers, family members, friends, random people we meet throughout our week.
My desire this year is that God will send me out into the world and use me. To encourage someone whose heart is hurting. To make someone smile when they are having a dark day.
Let God send you out into the world to offer comfort and encouragement to the hurting and needy.
The world is a dark and sad place. Even for believers.
But we can be the light that shines within it.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house." Matthew 5: 14-15
I want to love on people this year. I want to share the light that is within me. I want to show people that there is hope. That we have a reason for getting through our dark days. I want to pray for them, encourage them, love on them. And more importantly, I want them to ask me why I seem to have hope, a light from within, even on my darkest of day.
Because I will answer: "Let me tell you about my friend Jesus."