It’s so easy for us to get discouraged when we turn on the news or scroll through our social media feed. Negativity and destruction are ravaging our society and it feels like darkness is winning; it looks like hate is winning. When we look into the wide and innocent eyes of our children, it’s hard at times not to feel the tinge of sorrow as we consider the world they are growing up in and wonder what the future holds for them.
Friends, I have good news! Jesus already won this battle, and as a child of God, you win too! Take a deep breath and rest in that truth for a moment. Light ALWAYS drives out darkness, and God is always victorious! He is a soon coming savior and a conquering King! If you were to open your Bible to John 16:33, you would see these words written in red, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” When we understand this profound truth, we find confidence and strength to shine a light in the face of darkness. Jesus is the only hope for this lost and broken world, and it’s time we got about the business of sharing His message with the people whom He has placed in our path.
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, buton a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give gloryto your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 ESV
Sometimes we make this all way too complicated. We think that we have to fly to the the mission field, or get a masters in Theology before we can do work that matters. We think we have to do something big, something grand —start a non-profit, start a revolution . . . but the simple fact is that Jesus has called us to love the people right in front of us. And do you want to know something awesome? That’s where true and lasting change really begins.
In the 33.5 years that Jesus walked this earth, he spent much of his time in one-on-one interactions with the broken people in his path. He took the time to see them, to hear them. He took away their burdens, wiped the tears from their eyes and gave them hope. Jesus let the people He encountered know that they mattered, and that they were never too far gone for the love of a savior to make them whole again. That is the soul-satisfying work that we are all invited to be a part of every single day of our lives.
Whether it is the clerk in the checkout lane, the woman who accidentally rear-ends you at a stoplight, the new family that moved in down the street, or the stranger on the sidewalk, we all have a work to do —we just need to open our eyes to see the opportunity that’s right in front of us.
Mercy Candle Company was founded in 2016 as a small step of faith toward a big dream that God placed in my heart years ago. It grew so quickly that I found myself scrambling to keep up with demand almost from day one. It didn’t take long to realize that God had something more powerful in mind for this company than I could have imagined. After the insanity of my first Christmas season as a small business owner, I took the first several weeks of 2017 to recover and seek The Lord for His direction. It was clear that He had given me this project, so I wanted to hold it open handed before Him and find out exactly what His vision was going forward.
God soon began to impress upon my heart that He wanted to take this message of Mercy beyond candles and out into the streets. He wanted us to not just light a candle, but to BE the light. All of us. One big community of people who decide to put their faith in action and be the hands of feet of Jesus in our own communities and spheres of influence.
Nearly every town has a Main Street, so Mercy On Main exists as a reminder to share the love of Christ out in the real world, on the streets of our own towns, but with an awareness that we’re all in this together --working the same mission field. Whenever you find yourself out on “Main Street” loving on a broken soul, you can know that you’re a part of something so much bigger, and that someone else is out on a “Main Street” of their own doing this Holy work right along with you.
Using the hashtag #mercystories we can all stay connected by offering words of encouragement, inspiration and ideas for how we can be the light in simple ways right where we are.
So would you do me a favor? Would you get in on this? Would you share your stories on the hashtag and reach out to others who post too? This is the best way for us to build a community and cheer each other on as we become more intentional about this work we’ve been called to do.
Let's be the change we wish to see in the world. Let's be the light.