When Dale was a small boy living on a farm in Missouri, he would entertain himself by holding a stick across the gateway of a sheep pen. The sheep, not thinking or concerned about the stick, would simply jump over it. One day his arms became tired and he dropped the stick. To his amazement the sheep that followed continued to jump as though the stick were still in place. They jumped over an imaginary stick because those in front of them jumped.
From watching sheep jump over an imaginary stick Dale Carnegie eventually went on to study public speaking. He became a successful salesman, writer and lecturer and wrote one of the most popular books of all times: How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Sheep are like most people – they want to find someone to follow. But who? Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
What did Jesus mean when He said I am the “light that leads to life?” When He becomes our Savior, He is our “light,” our protector and guide by bringing God’s presence and protection into our lives. We are to be faithful in following the teachings of Scripture and let the Word of God become the light that leads to life.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to follow You as the One true leader who has our best interests at heart and will keep our minds focused on eternal realities. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”