Turn on the Light
Do you turn on the light when is begins to get dark? There is a great comfort found when a light turnsÂ on and the darkness leaves. The light certainly helps us see better, provides a warmth, and just makes us feel more secure. This concept is what made the successful advertising of Motel 6 a household slogan for over 30 years.
In 1986, Tom Bodett was successfully chosen to be the official spokesperson for the company because of his warm and friendly vocal style. What you might not know is that the famous Motel 6 slogan only came about as Bodett was kidding around during the studio recording. So the familiar Motel 6 tagline, in which Bodett closed every ad, ”We’ll Leave the Light On for You” began as a joke that people clung to.
Through the years, one of the biggest questions asked of Bodett is, ”Do you really leave the light on?” He points out that no, they don’t actually leave the light on for you. They say that to be friendly. You have to turn the light on yourself once you enter the room, if you don’t want to be in the dark.
There is a lesson in that sentence for everyone. If you don’t want to be in the dark, then you must move forward to turn on the light. The darkness of life requires the everlasting light of the Father in order to dispel it. It is only by placing your faith in Christ and allowing His light to shine in the surrounding darkness that you may hold eternal life and that is not a joke.
From Dark to Light Equals Life
In order for life to exist, there must be light. Jesus provides the light we need in order to live beyond this world. But He also provides the light we need as we struggle with the darkness around us. When you find yourself in the world’s dark ways you must look for the light. Even if that light seems faint you must seek it in order to move from the dark without stumbling. Remember that this Light is the only thing that leads to life.
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ”If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life. John 8:12 (NLT)
You can live in confidence that the darkness of evil has never and will never overcome the light of God. It is by this statement that you can live confidently in life and through the trials along with dark times you may face. But in order to hold tight to that security, you must first turn the light on.
By recognizing that you need the light of Christ and then following this light of truth, your path is lit before you. He removes the dark of sin and by His light, you can see how to live. This keeps your path clear so you will not fall.
Keep the Light On
Christ is the light that allows life. He is the only light that can lighten your life’s load. By placing your faith fully in Him as the light in the dark, you gain life eternal. The creator of life brings light to everyone.
So today challenge yourself to consistently look to the light. Place your faith in the one who not only shines the light but gives you everlasting life. Find motivation in knowing that the dark places of the world will never extinguish the light of God, for He will not allow it. Wrap yourself in the comfort of knowing that the light is always there, for He has left it on for you! His light is the only light that turns the dark off and that you can leave on all the time. Won’t you let it burn brightly for all to see?
Love in Christ,
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
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Have you turned on the light that is ready and waiting for you? Do you leave the light of God on, allowing it to shine in the dark of your world? Share your thoughts on living in the light instead of the dark.