Life never stands still. We are all in the process of becoming something; this is especially the case for those going to College or University. How many in the developed world appreciate the wide range of opportunities available? It seems to be part of human nature never to be satisfied, always wanting something better.

Those who prayerfully read God’s word are the only ones who keep life in its true perspective. In John 12 we saw how Jesus kept challenging his hearers, “Whoever loves his life loses it …” (verse 25). A strange saying? Not when you put it into the context of loving God. You ‘serve’ the things you love – money and food being outstanding examples today.

Jesus said, “If anyone serves me, the Father will honour him (or her)” (verse 26). Jesus is spelling out the principles by which we live our lives in simple language; in a spiritual sense, do we see our lives as being in “light” or “darkness”? From the Divine perspective there is nothing in between! Jesus “is the light of the world”. He told them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you” (verse 35).

Our world is growing increasingly dark. Where do we stand at the moment? In the shadows perhaps? The light of the world said, “The one who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (verse 36).

Do you believe in “the light”? If not, what do you believe? Are you distracted by the shadows? The way forward is to make sure you read God’s word every day; King David put it succinctly, “Your word is a light to my feet and a lamp to my path” (Psalm 119:105).