Lent Day 38 – Peace, and Shining Light

Being the light of the world is about being a broken, exploding, scarred star and shining a light of hope and inspiration to everyone around you.

— Ricky Maye —


Yesterday, I read from the Book of Luke about Jesus’s upcoming death on what we call “Good Friday.”

He was not alone, as there was a criminal on each side of him, and all three were dying slow and excruciatingly painful deaths through crucifixion.

The two criminals were representative of the profile of most of us sinners:

One had no remorse for his messed-up life and expected Jesus to get him out of his predicament, and I’m guessing if Jesus didn’t perform a miracle at that moment, the criminal was not going to believe. He was a “seeing is believing” type of sinner.

The other, taking responsibility for his misgivings, humbly asked Jesus to remember him in the afterlife. He wasn’t sure if he was worth saving but thought he’d try it. He was a “believing is seeing” type of sinner.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43 NIV)


I don’t know about you, but throughout my life, I’ve had the personality of both of those criminals. One is a skeptic with a victim mentality who won’t believe unless God performs some miracle. The other knows he’s imperfect and not worthy of God’s grace.

The bottom line is that both are worthy of God’s grace, but we must accept it to receive it.

Believing is seeing!

Please turn your attention back to the opening quote. What are you doing to shine a light of hope and inspiration to the people around you? What “criminals” in your life need a better understanding of God and His amazing grace?

One thing to keep in mind–if and when you are witnessing to others…

Preach the gospel–but only use words if necessary.


John 16:33, “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.”

Journal your thoughts:

What am I grateful for today?

In what way(s) will I bring light to the world today?

What will I deny myself to draw closer to God and gain more peace in my life today?


God, I offer myself to Thee—To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always! Amen. (Third Step Prayer – Chapter 5, pg.63, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous)



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