Shine before all men

Those who know me at all would realise that it would be fairly unlikely that I’d be willing to voluntarily link to the Collingwood website. But this piece by Collingwood defender Harry O’Brien is a beautiful piece of personal reflection, and a genuine witness to the way in which scripture has helped him deal with trouble in his path.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.   In the same way, let your light shine before men

These are my favourite bible verses from the book of Matthew 5:14-16. These words hold great meaning to me and my desire is to live my life in this way.

via “You are the light of the world – Official AFL website of the Collingwood Football Club”

O’Brien shares his family dealing with the suicide of his father. Don’t want to say any more, but I recommend you read it.

(If you can’t handle having to visit the Collingwood site to read it, it has been re-posted on the Age website). Found via Jessica Halloran’s twitter.

2 Replies to “Shine before all men”

  1. amazing…
    how can I possibly despise him as a Collingwood player now?

    what a fantastic piece of writing.
    the wisdom from his sister… “When someone takes their own life most people instantly question why. Why did they do it? Why would anyone want to end their own life? Why didn’t they think of all their other options? It’s so easy to question why. I know, because I’ve felt that way. What is harder, but far more important to do is to try to understand that person’s feelings.

    Many people see suicide as a selfish option; an escape so to speak. But what about the famous quote: “never judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes”? So, let’s get rid of this ideology that it’s a ‘selfish’ and ‘evil’ option and consider the despair, the depression, the angst that the person must have been feeling for them to truly believe that their life was no longer worth living. “

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