Are you a beacon of hope?
If so, thank YOU!
Because, many individuals are reflections of misery. Their focus is inward, rather than outward. So, in the simplest of words, we can capture the essence of these two categories of society in this way: Mirrors or Beacons.
If the focus is inward, people love mirrors — because their image is cast back to them. When driving, the rear-view mirror receives full attention. In thought patterns, ruminations of the past are a favorite activity.
If the focus is outward, you love beacons — because light is cast forward into the Universe. When driving, the windshield provides unlimited possibilities. In thought patterns, dreams are a glimpse into the future.
Danger of Mirrors
In mythology, there was a fellow by the name of Narcissus. He loved himself and no one else. In fact, so the story goes, he was captivated by his own reflection — and it eventually consumed him.
Can you imagine a world so small that it consists of a single view? Or, how lonely it must be to never experience the affection of another. Or, how desolate the soul that never receives the benefits from freely giving to someone else?
When driving, the only useful purpose of the rear-view mirror is to affirm the progress being made and to remind us of what is left behind. And it provides comfort to know nothing is sneaking up on us.
Other than that, the view is much better through the windshield. Staring into the rear-view mirror is a wreck waiting to happen.
Security of Beacons
As we pause to consider the protection offered by beacons these three attributes lead the way.
- Fire on a hill that can be seen from a distance.
- Tower with a light that gives warning to vessels.
- Station that broadcasts a signal for navigation.
So much can be drawn from this analogy of beacons, and surely you have your own stories and thoughts to share. Let’s focus on these three words: fire, light, and navigation.
We’ve all been around passionate individuals, who are absolutely on fire. They trumpet goodness to everyone in their sphere of influence and relish their role as conduits for the transmission of treasures from above.
Those same people exhibit an example so bright, they seldom say much. When they do speak, their words carry great meaning. Generally, though, they prefer to let their light shine — which makes no noise whatsoever.
Furthermore, the beacons in our lives are safe ports in raging storms. They understand the dangers of the Journey and, as a result, are the Trailblazers for those who will follow. They freely offer navigation strategies and tactics.
Greatest of These
Even when we are focused on the view through the windshield and determined to be a beacon of hope to those with none, our knowledge is partial and incomplete.
We see things imperfectly — like puzzling reflections in a mirror. Yet, we enlighten, empower, and encourage others with what we do know and have.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. We embrace the unseen to make sense of our existence. In fact, our purpose is fueled by belief.
We achieve at the speed of belief.
Three things will last forever — faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is Love.