Stuck in the dark?

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Q&A - July 21, 2020

Q: I feel stuck in the dark about my life—frustrated, hopeless, afraid. Help.

A: We think of darkness and light as being two sides of the same coin, but are they? For a planet, the answer is yes. But not for a ray of sunlight. To the ray of sunlight there is no darkness. Its entire identity is light.

When we feel like we’re in the middle of darkness—struggling with doubt, confusion, or depression; feeling lost or panicked—identifying with the ray of light can help. A lot. Jesus knew this. He once said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12) and, “I can of mine own self do nothing” (John 5:30).

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