By Marcus Fowler, Promise Home Community Ministry Director

1 John 1:5 – “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”

Psalm 139:12 – “Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.”

I don’t know if you’ve ever had the joy of playing with Lego’s. You know, they’re the little plastic blocks that allow your creative imagination to run wild (when I was a kid, we had Lincoln Logs…not Lego’s. That may explain a few things about my personal preferences).

Some folks are concluding that these little plastic blocks have a mind of their own. They disappear from beneath your nose and reappear in places like a vacuum cleaner, in the dog’s bowl, or under a bare foot in the middle of the night. This week, one of our tias was walking across the floor while carrying one of the babies (I’m watching this happen, so, this is a firsthand account). Nothing else was on the floor because they do a good job keeping it clear. As she walked by one piece slipped four-inches over for her to step on. She hit the floor, but saved the baby. I could almost hear the evil laugh emanating from the plastic.

Be aware – they just may want to take over the world.

Want to find a Lego? Turn out the lights and walk through barefooted. You’ll find it. Can I get an “Amen!” from anyone who has had the pleasure?

How many times in our lives have we found some little doodad to enjoy? Something like a Lego that is harmless in itself and can bring a great deal of pleasure when the conditions are right. Then, there’s a change when the lights go out. We find a piece of the doodad in other areas of our life where they don’t belong. We use fancy humanistic words like: addicting, socially challenging, time consuming, etc. Define it with your preferred term, but the truth remains: there’s a change.

The doodad has transformed into a “don’t-dad”.

Life has a lot of options. Lets make sure that we keep the light of the Lord on in our lives so that optional doodad doesn’t become the don’t-dad that causes pain and/or injury to ourselves or others. And, who knows, you just may be the one that can help someone escape the pain-of-the-plastic (the fancier word for it is ministry).

Matthew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”