Better In The Light

I wrote an article for the paper this week about Seasonal Affective Disorder. Long story short, it's harder to keep an upbeat mood in the winter because your body is so used to having more light. The sun is out for a shorter period of time right now, and the body doesn't know how to act when that light is taken away.

I spoke to a local doctor about the disorder, and he gave me all sorts of information about depression, the need to stay active in the winter and how professionals diagnose SAD when it goes beyond the winter blues. And then he said something that strummed every string on my heart.

Go places where there is lots of light because YOU ALWAYS FEEL BETTER IN THE LIGHT.

I couldn't help but smile. I know that feeling, and it has nothing to do with winter.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10

We have been called out of the darkness into the light. And not just any light, but marvelous light. And when we are nestled deeply in that light, we feel better. No matter what is happening in the darkness around us, there is light in our souls. The light of Jesus Christ outshines the weather, the economy and the circumstances of the day.

We feel better when we're in the light. Find that light and forget about the rest of the darkness.

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