Have you ever passed a field swarming with lightning bugs? Flickering the brightest yellow, shining in the cool, dark night sky. Off and on, they switch their lighting, with no care in the world, as they fly from place to place.
As a child we would stay out late trying to catch them to put in a jar. We would see one and just that fast, it was gone. The month of June was so exciting because you knew they were coming, those amazing, flying creatures that light up the night, while giving you the feeling of, summer is finally here!
Long ago, while we were driving home, I looked out my window and saw a field so full of fireflies. There were millions of them as far as the eye could see. This burst of excitement shot through me, I couldn’t stop looking at them, they were there just for me, because God knew I loved them so much. They are simple, yet amazing, small, yet mighty, here suddenly, then gone before we know it. They are one of my favorite parts about summer. They bring joy, peace, and a feeling of relaxation.
To see one fly here and there is a great thrill, even though seeing hundreds feels much better. Look at how one lightning bug brings so much joy. It’s beautiful and you know there are more where that came from, but when you see them together it brings so much more light, so much more peace, and a ton more joy.
Look at all of us humans. We are all unique, we are all beautiful and we can shine by showing love. With our words and our actions we are like light in a world filled with darkness. We can bring joy and peace to those around us with our kindness. We can shine our light to those who are hurting. We can bring peace and comfort just by listening and being there for people who are in need of wanting someone to help them through hard times. We could do so much more by shining together. This world has began to divide us though. We argue, instead of agree to disagree. We get angry and block each other out. We lose our light when we let darkness start to consume us with petty things. We need to become like the fireflies, find each other, come together and become a strong group of; love, peace, and hope. We need to shine as family, not be devided as one here and one there. We should have each others back by speaking up for the one who is being mistreated. We need to stop replacing kindness with meanness because we disagree in politics, religion, music, the metoo, and who our president is. It’s time to look past our differences and see, we are all human, no matter the color of our skin, our upbringing, if we are left or right, Democrat or Republican, or atheist. Let’s not look at what we can find to shame someone, let’s not point out failure on one another, but rather, point out the good. We must learn to encourage, to praise, to love through the differences. We need to shine brightly, we need to unite, we need to look at this world and say, we will not lose hope, we will stand strong because together, we are unstoppable! The more love shown, the less heartbreak. The more caring, the less depressed. So shine! ‘Cause when we shine great in number verses as one, we are dynamic!