“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.“ John 8:12
Well known author Max Lucado puts some light on what our Captain, our truest Light, would have us see flowing out of John 8:12. Notice it with me.
“The greatest day of lists is New Year’s Day. And the #1 list is the list I call the Laws of the Lighthouse.
The Laws of the Lighthouse contain more than good ideas, personal preferences, and honest opinions. They are God-given, time-tested truths that define the way we should navigate life. Observe them and enjoy secure passage. Ignore them and crash against the ragged rocks of reality.
Smart move. The wise captain shifts the direction of his craft according to the signal of the lighthouse. A wise person does the same.
Here, then, are the lights I look for and the signals I heed:
- Love God more than you fear hell.
- Once a week, let a child take you on a walk.
- Make major decisions in a cemetery.
- When no one is watching, live as if someone is.
- Succeed at home first.
- Don’t spend tomorrow’s money today.
- Pray twice as much as you fret.
- Listen twice as much as you speak.
- Only harbor a grudge when God does.
- Never outgrow your love of sunsets.
- Treat people like angels; you will meet some and help make some.
- ‘Tis wiser to err on the side of generosity than on the side of scrutiny.
- God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same.
- When you can’t trace God’s hand, trust his heart.
- Toot your own horn and the notes will be flat.
- Don’t feel guilty for God’s goodness.
- The book of life is lived in chapters, so know your page number.
- Never let the important be the victim of the trivial.
- Live your liturgy.
To sum it all up:
Approach life like a voyage on a schooner. Enjoy the view. Explore the vessel. Make friends with the captain. Fish a little. And then get off when you get home.”
from In the Eye of the Storm
© (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006) Max Lucado
May I ask… How’s your life-navigating going? Which bullet above begs for your adjustment? Getting enough light to see?
LORD God Almighty, You are my true Lighthouse. Help me humbly, faithfully see myself and my world best through You. Fill me by your Spirit with wisdom and courage to face each hour and every move I make. My navigating needs You. Thank you by faith. In Jesus name, Amen.
Follow the Leader.
Follow the Light.