Now, let's not misunderstand; if we are misbehaving then we have some correction coming, but if we're talking real shade (especially from another Christian) then it's the shade giver that needs to be looking in the mirror.

Still, as Christians we have to deal with this dark veil the world would throw over us. Bob Marley said it correctly and most simply, when he said: "Light up the darkness." In this case, however, we need to look at it a little more closely than that for the idea to be most useful.

Regardless of how happy and shiny we may feel at any given time, we are all subject to having darkness thrust upon us by someone else. No matter how hard we try to be positive and no matter how careful we are to NOT be negative, at some point the world (a.k.a. the people in it) will try to bring us down. It will try to tell us that we are wrong and useless and troublesome. It may try to do this with an argument, or an accusation. It may try to do this by misunderstanding our intent and spreading the misunderstanding behind our back without even so much as the tiniest effort to correct its own misconception.

The reasons that the world may give itself, justifying the 'shade' it's putting on us, can be hard to understand but are often common. Things like jealousy, fear, hate or vengeance are typical but it can be hard to understand why they are doing this without being in their head.

Here's where our analogy comes in, and it could also help one understand their calling, but that's for another day. John The Baptist prepared the way for Christ. How? Not only by introducing the thought of salvation through a Messiah figure, but by suggesting it could happen 'just any time now.' We're not talking about something that's going to happen hundreds of years from now, we're talking next spring (for example.) His work made the time Jesus had amongst us, exponentially more effective. Note that John was a seed of the light, not the light itself. And even though John wandered in the wilderness and some questioned his sanity, his preaching and baptisms created fertile ground where the new church was to be planted. This would assure its growth when the light of Christ shined upon it.

So, as Christians we are to do the same. When confronted with a dark situation, insert a seed of goodness to counter it and let the light of the spirit, through Christ take it from there.

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I was in the Army when I was a young man and I remember one of the things they taught us in basic training about night maneuvers was the potency of a single white light in the darkness. They gave us a visual example of course, they didn't just tell you anything in the Army. They assumed that you were dense as an anvil and taught you everything two or three different ways. What they did, was to take us out into the woods late at night and have us turn off every flashlight but one. That soldier was to take off walking away from us until we couldn't see his flashlight anymore. On the trail, with no trees between us, it was well over a hundred yards before the light even started to be less than glaringly easy to see. So the soldier stopped and put a red lens on the flashlight and it immediately disappeared. We couldn't see it at all. The soldier started walking back to us and he was only about twenty yards out before the light could be readily spotted. The nature of life is similar and this is my point. To light up the darkness, you don't have to shine as bright or big as the sun. Just be a pure, simple white light and it will completely change the darkness around you.
When confronted with darkness, start by introducing the simplest most modest speck of light you can think of, perhaps a kind word or a refusal to reciprocate an insult, don't try to modify the light or explain it… put it in there and leave it alone. Sometimes it may be as simple as patience with someone or something where none is deserved. In time, it will split the darkness into pieces and the day will shine through it.