Nine Boys Light Up Their World


clip_image002[3]I was always impressed with dad. He was surrounded with friends. They would join him on the weekends at our horse corrals for some Bud’s. He would in fact call his brother Bud and most of my father’s friends called him Walter, I was named after him.

That summer was the time that Glow-In-The-Dark cream came out at the Woolworth’s store. Several of us found out and bought of bag full of the stuff. These were the days that paper bags were all you got; there was no “plastic or paper” question.


On the same weekends I had several friends who would come and we would hang out.

clip_image004[3]Well, this particular evening, we all gathered together with this new Glow-In-The-Dark stuff. It looked like a gallon of the stuff.

So we (eight of us or so) put it all over ourselves. We rubbed it on our faces and arms. Then we realized that we could put it on our clothes. Then we stood under a bright light and voilà, we lit up like the dawning sun.

My dad and his friends were at the horse corrals and they were about three sheets to the wind.

Well, to keep them unaware, we sneaked around the bushes and over rocks and around the horse stalls and finally got up to where they were. In a surprise move we came out of our hiding. We all yelled out “woooooo”. You can imagine their reaction since it was already dark.


Oh, you need to understand, we lived in a very superstitious culture and community. I am sure that they had already talked about something relating to the paranormal. We heard every story you could imagine about ghosts, curses and a variety of other tales.

Well it did not take very long before we knew we were in trouble. Dad’s friends first gravitated together while trying to makes sense of what was going on and then they went into defense mode. They looked around and picked up what they could; rocks, sticks and horse manure to throw it at us. At the first signs of projectiles we yelled, “Wait, don’t, it’s us dad. Stop!!!”

They finally stopped, yelled at us a bit and laughed at each other and then they calmed down.


Well the night was young and we had a lot of glow left in us. To my recollection, we carried flashlights so that we could recharge. So once that episode was done we went into planning mode. “Now what?” “I know.” one of boys said to the rest of us.

Not far from the corrals was the house of the town wine-o. He was well known by all of us. It was just like it was Halloween night. We went up to the dark house and knocked at the door. You could hear the rustling of an old man coming to the door. We were excited about showing our new look.



The light came on (more recharge for us) and the door opened. One of the older boys said,

“Hey, how are you? Can we come in?”

Before he could answer, we all move into the small house. The older one of the boys reached out and caught the string attached to the incandescent light fixture and pulled. The light went out and we lit up.

“Huhhhh, wha…, oh. What the… huhhh…” the old man was somewhat in shock.

He must have thought that we were ghosts, all flowing into his little two room house.


The light came back on as his flailing arms caught the string. Then he moved over to where he was sleeping and pulled back his pillow only to reveal a handgun. I was close to the end of the line, but when I saw the gun I was the first one out the door. The last thing I remember was one of the older boys reaching out to him and calming him down. He tried to explain what was happening as most of us tried climbing over each other to get out of the house.

Once the old man was calmed down; we all went down the canyon laughing about the adrenaline rush we all had, including the old man. We scared him good.


clip_image008[3]These were considered innocent pranks in those days. Today if you do this, you would get arrested. I am surprised that we did not give him a heart attack.

The rest of the night we spent playing hide and seek as we were all aglow with our new discovery.

I never thought in my life, as I was growing up, that I would use this to teach people about what Jesus said. This event in my life impacted me as I remember it like it was yesterday.

Light can be startling for a person who is sleeping and the light is turned on, their first reaction is to turn it off. We are accustomed to the darkness more than we are to the light. Truth is light and the lives of Christians are light.



Jesus said,

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (Matthew 5:14-15)

The light of God in the world is also strange for those that are not accustomed to this kind of light. People will think that it is different and not want to approach it. They just might throw rocks at it.

We must remember that our lights continually shine and darkness lives in the lives of those around us. We are admonished to…

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. (Philppians 2:14-15)


We need not be ashamed or afraid of the light that God put in our hearts. We must let our light shine in the darkness. We are the light of the world. We need to be wise when it comes to sharing the light of God. What I learned through this experience is that we cannot be like mischievous boys playing with Glow-In-The-Dark cream.

We need to let our light shine in the dark, and invite others to put on the light of God. “Here have some, rub all over yourself and you will shine too.” Rather than playing pranks on the people around us where they don’t want to be with us or they reject us. There will be some of that too however, the best thing to do is to share what you have found to be so much fun.



People will take it if it is offered to them rather than it being done to them. It is all in the perspective and the point on which you see where the light is coming from.

Do you often think that the world is sitting in darkness?

Does your approach to let your light shine seem to shock people?

Do you monitor how much light they can take? 

Do you remember or do you forget that you are the light of the world?


By Lupe Diaz – Pastor, Grace Chapel Benson Copyright 082012

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