By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;”
One of the more painful things to see if you are a sports fan is to watch a player who was once great, continue to play when everyone knows they need to retire. One of the things that these superstars struggle with is the desire to have the stardom and accolades they used to get when they had the ability to perform at their peak. However, like everyone in life, the ability to perform at a peak level won’t always be there, and the sports figure struggles with their talents dimming and another person receiving the recognition they once received.
Job found himself in this situation. He says in the verses above, “Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; When his candle shined upon my head…” Job struggled with the fact that the candle of his life had dimmed. He desired the previous position in life when God’s blessings were on him, but those days were past. The candle had dimmed; the people who used to come to him for advice had moved on to someone else. The prominent position that he once held was now held by someone else. Where before, people used to bow to him when he walked by them, now, they who he was and all that he used to do. Job found himself struggling because the candle had dimmed.
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Do you find yourself in this place in life where you look at what you used to have in the past? Life has a way of causing many to desire the position they once had when the candle of their life was bright. I have watched many good people who once used to be a leader in their area of life struggle when the candle dims and people are no longer coming to them. Let me give you a few thoughts of advice to help you when the candle dims.
First, accept the fact that life is not about you. You will live a bitter life if you don’t accept that life doesn’t have to revolve around you, even though many used to come to you when your candle was bright.
Second, accept the place in life where the candle is dim. I am not saying that God can’t brighten the candle again, because He certainly did that for Job, but I am saying that you will do more in your current place of life when you come to the point where you accept where life has brought you. Rejecting your current position in life is not going to change where you are, but accepting it and making the most out of it is what makes your current place so valuable.
Third, be glad that God is using others. Most likely, your purpose in the past when your candle was bright was to train others to do what you were doing. Now that they are doing it, are you upset that you didn’t get to keep what you had? My friend, it ought to thrill your heart when you see that God is using others. Never become jealous of God’s blessings on another’s life; rather, be thrilled that you may have had some small part in helping those blessings come to them.
Fourth, God can use you again if you choose to accept that you are still a candle that has some light. God may or may not make your candle bright again, but until then, be happy that He has allowed you to still have a light. You can’t go to the past; so, accept the light that God has given you and help others become what they are supposed to be with the light that you do have. This is how you make the most out of the light that you do have.
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