Darkness doesn’t exist.

It’s not a thing. It’s not animal, vegetable, mineral, energy, plasma or anything else.

Darkness is simply a word to describe the absence of light.

Sort of like emptiness. That’s also not a thing, but the absence of something.

When you feel alone, defeated, depressed, when you feel like giving up, that’s not a thing either – it’s the absence of something.

The absence of the two key ingredients that make every single thing – or at least everything that matters – in this life.

So, what’s missing when the darkness creeps in, when the emptiness tries to swallow you from the inside?

The two single most important things there are.

The first is love.

Matthew 22:35-40 (NIV)

One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

God is love. If you turn your back on love, you’re… well, you know.

The second key ingredient is hope.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is full of disappointments, setbacks, challenges and pain – but hope gets us through, hope keeps our hearts alive, hope makes us lift our face to the sunrise and bask in the warmth of His love.

Are you feeling beaten down? Depressed? Empty?

If so, please know that the creator of love made it for you.

The inventor of hope designed it with you in mind.

When you have both, by definition you’re no longer empty, no longer in the dark.

No matter what your struggle, no matter what you’re going through, as long as you lift up your love and hang onto hope, you’ll make it to the other side.

Think of things you love today, remember what gives you hope.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

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